Who needs a sponsor when you have Jared Cook?
Cook finished his rookie season with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He is an alumnus of North Gwinnett High. When North Gwinnett was seeking a sponsor for its holiday basketball tournament, Cook offered to sponsor the whole darn thing. Hence, the First Annual Jared Cook Holiday Classic, which was won by the North Gwinnett girls and Richmond Academy boys.
By all accounts, Cook is an all-around “nice guy” who has never forgotten where he came from. No doubt, the Bulldog Nation (of North Gwinnett) is fortunate to have him around, especially during these challenging economic times.
That’s my wish for 2010, for more famous athletes from the metro area, such as Cook, to help out their respective alma maters — if not money, then perhaps some time. Goodness knows that many high school athletic departments could use any or all help.
Who are some other current or former famous athletes who are known for giving back to their high schools over the years? Cook isn’t the first, let’s give props to some others. And who are some that you would like to encourage to do so in the future?
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