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Marshall football player lends a hand to homeless

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From playing football at Woodrow Wilson High School to Marshall University, from being a walk-on to standout linebacker for the Herd, Chase Hancock has proven himself on the field. Off it, there’s another side of him that’s just as impressive.   

In between starting for Marshall and his final semester of college, Hancock spends the rare free time he has helping the homeless in his community.   

“I would give you the shirt off my back and ask for nothing in return,” said Hancock. “I just enjoy that feeling of giving and somebody else being happy, because of something I was able to help them with.”    

Helping those in need runs in the family. He volunteers with his brother, Anthony Hancock, who runs a non-profit in Huntington called the Do-Gooders.   

“He doesn’t like to brag about anything, but he’s a tremendous kid who works hard at everything he does and has a genuine heart,” said Anthony. “Just to have him as a brother, but also as somebody to call on when we need help, it’s awesome. I love it.”    

“To see young men like this, that want to give back and invest in their communities, when there’s nothing that says they have to, it’s very encouraging to everyone that receives the help and to those of us that get to see it happen,” said Mitchell Webb, Executive Director of Huntington City Mission. 

Before he was awarded a scholarship in Jan. 2016, Hancock took a leap of faith and chose to walk-on at Marshall over scholarships to other schools.

“When I first got here, there was something about the atmosphere that just felt like home,” Hancock said. “People I had never met before were shaking my hand.”

Just like he was raised, two hours away in Beckley with six siblings, Hancock has always taken care of his family. 

“This is my second home and I just try to pitch in when I can,” said Hancock. “I think it’s really important to give back to the community, especially a community that’s given so much to me.”  

His community service off the field has landed him on multiple watch lists for national awards. He’s currently nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy and the All-State Good Works Team. 

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