Herman Boone speaks at Dining with Diakon

Photo by Bill Swanger Herman Boone, whose life and career were depicted in the film, Remember the Titans, was the guest speaker at Dining with Diakon, Oct. 17.

Coach Herman Boone, about whom the film “Remember the Titans” was made, was the guest speaker for the recent Dining with Diakon event, held at Fogelsville.

The event, in which local business leader/chefs compete with their own dishes, attracted nearly 260 people and raised more than $120,000 for Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, which has an office in Topton. Boone, who head-coached the football team of the recently integrated T.C. Williams High School in Virginia to a state championship during the racially charged early 1970s, spoke about the values of respect, teamwork, and community involvement, as well as the importance of character and the value of education in overcoming obstacles.

He lauded the adoption program for its work and asked those present to work diligently to help “our youths become whole.”