In March, Hamilton was selected as the 2014 Section Three recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The fourth-year head coach of the Patriots was also honored at the Nobis Works 16th Annual Galaxy of Stars Luncheon and Tommy Awards Ceremony on April 30 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Vinings.
The organization, founded by Atlanta Falcons’ Hall of Famer Tommy Nobis, provides community rehabilitation for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Hamilton received two awards at the event, the Barrier Breaker Award as well as the organizations’ highest honor, the Governor’s Award, which was presented by Nobis and Georgia first lady Sandra Deal. She also gave Hamilton a signed letter from Gov. Nathan Deal.
“I knew that I was nominated for the Barrier Breaker award but wasn’t aware of the Governor’s award,” said Hamilton about the event. “I was happy to receive the honors and meet Tommy Nobis as a longtime Falcons fan.”
The honors have been humbling for Hamilton and his community program.
“When I became the head coach at Paulding County, I wanted to develop a program and not just a team,” he said.
“This is one of the facets of the program of building a whole person. If we create a good football player and not a person, what have we accomplished?”
Hamilton said the players also raised $700 on their own as a donation to a family with a member suffering breast cancer as further efforts to support the Paulding County community.
“We’ve spent time getting the kids to realize that life is more than football and help them develop into men,” said Hamilton.