THE GEORGE AND MARY NOCK FOUNDATION, INC. was established by Mary Nock in 2021 in memory of her late husband. George Nock’s career as an NFL running back was as celebrated as his artistic pursuits and his commitment to excellence and service permeated his personality and in acts of service to his community.
As a freshman, in the 1965 Orange Blossom Classic, Nock returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown in a victory over Florida A&M for the mythical Black college national championship. As a senior, Nock ran for 87 yards to help Morgan State beat Grambling State, 9-7, in the first game played at Yankee Stadium between two Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Twice, he earned All-CIAA recognition and averaged six yards a carry.
Throughout his artistic career, Nock regularly participated in charitable events benefiting the Leukemia Society of America, Arthritis Foundation of Northern Virginia, the National Wildlife Federation, and the March of Dimes, among others. Nock truly believed in the art of giving; that one received as much from the act of selflessness as those benefiting.
All proceeds from the sale of artwork from the George Nock Collection benefit The George and Mary Nock Foundation which in turn contributes to the Atlanta based charities: Hope 4 Domestic Violence and Atlanta Mission, and The George V. Nock Endowed Scholarship Fund at Morgan State University (George’s alma mater).