WALDOBORO, Maine — Tony Branch, a volunteer youth basketball coach from Gary, Indiana, who gained fame on the ABC hit television show “Secret Millionaire,” will be sharing his message of empowerment to local youth at Medomak Valley High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
There is no admission for the event.
Two years ago, Branch became friends with local writer, speaker, and customer service coach Bill Packard of Union. At an event in the Midwest this past winter, Branch told Packard how he had always wanted to come to Maine, so they made it happen, according to a news release.
Throughout his 20-year Navy career, Branch coached and played basketball. After retiring in Gary, he began coaching and mentoring young girl basketball players from financially stressed backgrounds. Using basketball as a common theme, he mentored and obtained scholarships for 162 young women to go on to college.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Branch knows how tough life can be, yet his positive spirit has made him successful in many areas, but most important to him, changing the lives of young adults, Packard said in the news release.
Branch was featured on the “Secret Millionaire” in 2011, when he was given $25,000 and another $50,000 was donated to the Baylor Youth Foundation, which he was associated with at the time.