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Local high school football coach finalist for Hometown Heroes award


REDUCE YOUR RISK OF MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESS. KELLY REARDON, 22NEWS. BARRY: A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL COACH IS A FINALIST FOR A NATIONAL HOMETOWN HEROES AWARD. 22NEWS REPORTER KATRINA KINCADE IS LIVE AT OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU AFTER HEARING WHY PEOPLE THINK SO MUCH OF THIS MAN. KATRINA KINCADE: THE COMMUNITY IS RALLYING AROUND FRANKLIN COUNTY TECHNICAL SPORTS COACH JOE GAMACHE, WHO, AS FAR AS THEY’RE CONCERNED, HAS ALREADY WON THIS AWARD. “I WAS A LITTLE THROWN OFF, I WAS SURPRISED” THAT’S HOW FRANKLIN COUNTY TECH FOOTBALL COACH, JOE GAMACHE FELT WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD. “MOSTLY BECAUSE I DON’T REALLY DO WHAT I DO FOR THAT KIND OF RECOGNITION. I JUST WANT TO BE THERE FOR KIDS AND OFFER THEM A SUPPORT SYSTEM.” JOE IS A FINALIST FOR THE FLOSPORTS HOMETOWN HERO AWARD. IF HE WINS, HE’LL RECEIVE 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HIS MORTGAGE. “STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE AWARE. IT’S BEEN OUT THERE NOW FOR A COUPLE DAYS. I’M GETTING A LOT OF REALLY POSITIVE FEEDBACK, PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY ARE SHARING IT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND EVERYTHING ELSE.” GAMACHE IS ONE OF FIVE FINALISTS CHOSEN FROM MORE THANONE THOUSAND NOMINATIONS. ONE OF JOE’S FORMER TEAM MEMBERS NOMINATED HIM FOR THE AWARD. TO BE NOMINATED, A HIGH SCHOOL COACH MUST HAVE A STRONG COMMUNITY PRESENCE, ENRICH THEIR ATHLETES’ LIVES, AND RECEIVE PRAISE FROM PEERS AND OTHER COACHES. “HE’S STUDENT CENTERED. HE’S ONE OF THE MOST KIND GENTLE HUMANS YOU’LL EVER MEET. HE’S A BIG GUY BUT HE’S A GENTLE GIANT. AND HE PUTS KIDS FIRST AND THEIR NEEDS FIRST. I THINK HE HAS AN ATTITUDE THAT HE LOOKS AT THE POSITIVE IN KIDS AND HE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN THEM.” PRINICPAL SPADAFINO SAYS JOE’S WORK WITH STUDENTS EMBODIES THE SCHOOL’S MISSION. KATRINA KINCADE: WE’VE PROVIDED A LINK TO VOTE FOR JOE AS A HOMETOWN HERO ON WWLP.COM. YOU HAVE UNTIL THE 27TH. AT THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU IN GREENFIELD KATRINA KINCADE 22NEWS.

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