It appeared to be just an ordinary day for Dairy Queen employee Bryan Hopper. He was performing his normal duties at the restaurant when he got a special surprise visit from boxing trainer and coach Owen Beck and the Fist of Fire boxing team. The team brought Hopper, a fan of the local boxers, a trophy and belt to show appreciation for his support of the club.
“The guy is a nice guy,” said Beck. “He came to the last show I had, and he came to our fundraiser at Pizza Hut. I decided, hey why don’t I do something for him.”
Hopper has been at Dairy Queen for about six months. He became an instant fan of boxing after attending the previous event held in Middlesboro.
After attending the event, Hopper has shown major support for the team, according to Beck. He tells all the customers about the upcoming event on Sept. 5.
“He advertises like crazy,” said Beck. “He can’t wait to get to the next show of the year.”
In addition to participating in the Pizza Hut fundraiser, he also asked the Dairy Queen manager to donate a DQ cake to the boxing club and let them try to raffle it off to raise money for the next fight. The manager agreed.
Beck said several people had told him about Hopper before.
“I heard good news about how he’s promoting my boxing program here and a big fan to these kids,” said Beck via Facebook before the suprise visit. “This is a surprise for him.”
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