On June 11, Chuck King was honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County as the 2014 Champion for Youth at the Club’s annual luncheon. The Club is a community organization that provides area youth a safe, fun, and constructive after-school program. Currently the Club serves more than 400 children annually, with a special focus on children from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances.
As a dedicated community member and volunteer, Mr. King has a commitment to support organizations which serve the physical, emotional, spiritual, health, education, and character development of children and young people.
In addition to his service with the Boys and Girls Club, Mr. King supports Junior Achievement and the Junior League, the East Texas Literacy Council, the East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes, both the East Texas Food Bank and Longview Community Ministries, along with many other worthwhile organizations. Through his business, Mr. King has reached more than 10,000 students, in first through fifth grades, with the CORE Essentials Character Education Curriculum provided to area school districts and private schools, and received recognition as the Texas Partner’s in Education Outstanding Partnership Liaison. Mr. King has also been honored as the Rotary Club Citizen of the Year and the Longview Federated Club’s Man of the Year.
“There are so many great, worthwhile organizations to be a part of,” Mr. King said. “Pick out one or two, pour yourself into them, and make a huge difference in the lives that these organizations serve.”
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. King has been a resident of Longview for 31 years. He is a graduate of Robert L. Osborne High School in Atlanta, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mr. King is owner of the two Longview Chick-fil-A restaurants. He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for 26 years and are the parents of daughter Katie and husband Joel Soape, and son Braden. The family attends Mobberly Baptist Church where Mr. King has served on numerous committees and been active in various ministries.
Asked what he enjoys about living in the East Texas area, Mr. King said, “My original intent was to briefly move to Longview until a Chick-fil-A franchise came available in a large city. I quickly found that the friends, neighbors, and community was something that I did not want to leave.”
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County, please call 903-234-9130, or visit www.bgcgregg.org.