Montgomery's super booster

Posted by Press Democrat Correspondent Dewey Forget: If you happened to be at the Montgomery-Maria Carrillo girls’ soccer game on Friday afternoon, and if you happened to take a look in the press box, you would have seen Richard Hill running the scoreboard. Hill is Montgomery’s super booster. After football games, Hill cleans the stands with a broom and pan. It takes about four hours. He spends many more hours grooming the football and soccer field, picking up debris off the artificial surface. And, he helps the Montgomery softball team in more ways than you know. He recently donated $2,000 to the team to purchase new uniforms. But, that donation is tiny in comparison to what he gave a few years back when the Vikings’ booster club was raising money to put in the new football field and stands. Hill hadn’t been in town long, coming from San Diego, but he saw a need and he jumped in with both feet, donating $100,000.

Hill said he brought his desire to help young people with him to Sonoma County. He and his wife, who has since passed on, adopted 16 children. He also has two paternal sons and a large number of grandchildren. He also started and ran an organization for 19 years called The American Youth Awards, a non-profit organization helping under-privileged kids with college funds.

Hill, retired from the aerospace industry, rides a bike from his apartment near the Montgomery campus, most everywhere. If you want to catch him, most mornings he can be found running around the Montgomery track.