Hometown Hero : George Crouch

By Lindsay Kirkland

George Crouch was born and raised in Atlantic City. He still resides there and is continuing to give back to his community in a major way.  

Crouch works as a mechanical lead for the Flag Ship and also for Atlantic City as the Recreational Supervisor of the Atlantic City PAL. When Crouch is not working, he is volunteering in numerous ways. He is the President of the Atlantic City Youth Association. Crouch volun­teers at Battle By the Bay Basketball Tournaments that give out 6 annual scholarships to local youth seeking to continue their education. Crouch has also served on the Atlantic City School Board as Vice-president. He has volunteered with many Atlantic City youth through coaching football and other athletic programs.

Crouch is proud to be the Events Coordinator for the Atlantic City Gentlemen of the Shore Motorcycle Club. They are a diverse group of 20 members that was founded in 2004. They help the community in many ways such as giving out italian water ice at National Night Out, parades, motor cycle escorts for funerals, and toy donations.

One of their largest events, Autism Fun Day, is held every April for special needs children. Recently, on April 28th, 500 kids were treated to a full day of fun at Shellum Field in Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Gentlemen of the Shore Motorcycle Club partnered with the Atlantic City School District and the city to create one perfect and fun day for kids with special needs. Blow-up Bounce Houses and slides, face painting, photos on motorcycles, Atlantic City Police Department dog demonstration, Atlantic City Fire Department trucks and fire safety hats, cotton candy, snow cones and a full lunch were just some of the highlights.

This was the 6th and largest Au­tism Fun Day and every year it has grown. “This event is really       important,” says Crouch “Because some of these kids cannot participate in field trips or other recreational programs that typical kids do. They need an opportunity to have a fun day like everyone else.” Crouch recounts the gratitude one mom expressed to him the very first year of year of the event. She stopped him and said “Thank you for what you’ve done. This is the first time I’ve seen my son smile like that in 6 months.” Although Crouch has spent his life volunteering with kids, he says those words really touched him like no other and he is very committed to making this possible for special needs kids every April.

Crouch is a father to 3 beautiful daughters and a grandfather also. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycle riding and football. He is engaged to Sharifa Berry and is planning a wed­ding for next year. “I am blessed,” says Crouch “ I have had some situations that could have gotten me off track, but I just do the right thing and try to help people.”