EATON — Roy Hall decided at the age of six, he was going to be that person who walked the “straight and narrow.”
He decided to be something better than himself, and to impact everybody.
“I’m going to give my all in all I do,” he said, encouraging others, “if you want to be driven and and make a difference, you need to step out of your comfort zone.”
A former Ohio State football player and co-founder of the Driven Foundation, Hall spoke at the Eaton Rotary Club’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, encouraging participation and support for Outreach Day at National Trail Schools.
Driven Outreach Days provide school districts with a unique and exciting day of outreach and fundraising. Local businesses, organizations, and former Ohio State Buckeye football players collaborate to impact students in grades kindergarten through 12, and raise money to support local charities and school districts throughout the state of Ohio.
Community Outreach Days consist of elementary school reading visits, middle school motivational assemblies, high school group discussions/assembly, a student food drive, a Breakfast with the Buckeyes morning event and a charity basketball game, and a Bar-B-Q with the Buckeyes and “meet and greet” event.
National Trail Superintendent Jeff Parker, who introduced Hall, reminded those in attendance of last year’s successful first Outreach Day at National Trail.
The day’s activities raised $24,000 through fundraisers and the barbecue.
“It exceeded our expectations by far,” Parker said. He noted, a lot of last year’s sponsors, teachers and others purchased tickets for families who couldn’t afford to attend the barbecue otherwise. “We had 300-plus in the cafetorium that night,” he said.
Hall spoke to motivate the Rotary members in the room to get involved and be more than they are.
“We demand greatness from ourselves in our respective careers,” he said. “But when it comes to impacting our communities full time, we are part time.”
“You’re sitting in a position to give back, but you’re tired.”
Hall said people often feel they’ve done enough.
He questioned, could those in attendance look in the eyes of a family member in need and tell them, “I’ve done enough?”
“Think about all the young people who have no one to say ‘I’ve given my all for you,’” he said.
According to Hall, every cause, every outreach is important. He encouraged those in attendance, “Every opportunity you get, take it.”
“When your investment is in people, the harvest you get in return can be the greatest,” he said.
“Your purpose,” he said, “Is to use every bone in your body to help other people. If you live your life for yourself, eventually you’re going to fail.”
Hall touched on the ever-present heroin problem facing not only the state, but Preble County as well. People are overdosing, people are dying.
“My father was a heroin addict,” Hall told those in attendance. ” But I had people who stepped up to make sure I didn’t become a statistic.”
“We’re trying to build something that can change the landscape of this community,” Hall said.
This year’s Breakfast with the Buckeyes is set for Friday, March 3, from 7:45-8:45 a.m. in the National Trail Cafetorium. Doors open at 7 a.m. It will feature a visit with former Ohio State and NFL players Hall and Antonio Smith.
OSU Buckeye Football alumni will read with younger students, hold motivational assemblies for older students, and participate in a charity basketball game during the day on Friday, March 10, and the Family Barbecue with the Buckeyes is from 5-7 p.m. that evening. The evening will include 10 Ohio State Football alumni, silent and live auction with Buckeye memorabilia, free autographs and more.
Proceeds from this year’s Driven Outreach Day benefit the Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the National Trail Community Foodbank and the Driven Foundation.
For additional information, visit NTOD2017.com.
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