2006 President's Volunteer Service Award
For nearly three decades, John “Buzz” Garlock provided mentorship and encouragement to youth at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Buzz was personally presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush in June of 2006. The award recognizes his contribution as an assistant coach for the Boys Town High School basketball team and as a mentor to Wegner School students.
After quietly committing hundreds of hours of service, Buzz helped to coach the boys basketball team to a victory at the 2006 C-1 State Championship. This crowning achievement serves as a testament to the many hours and evenings he spent with Boys Town youth to ensure their success on the court, in the classroom, and beyond. The victory carried personal meaning, as his father passed away while on the way to watch him play basketball in high school. Because of that, he’s always wanted to give back to children that have endured similar tragedies.