Strong Youth Strong Communities Holds Virtual Youth Summit with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Pro Football Hall of Fame

Announcing a special opportunity for middle and high school students across Ohio!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will host a Virtual Strong Youth Strong Communities Youth Summit with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Friday, May 22, 2020, 10EST. The hour-long program will air ‘live’ on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Facebook page. Buckeye Health Plan is sponsoring the program.

What: Virtual Youth Summit
When: Friday, May 22, 2020 10amEST
Where: Pro Football Hall of Fame Facebook


Governor DeWine will encourage youth to demonstrate leadership in the face of challenges such as the COVID-19 crisis. He will participate in live Q & A with Cincinnati Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz. Other guests include: Hall of Famers Darrell Green and Aeneas Williams, along with former UNC Women’s basketball player, Iman McFarland. They will share real life experiences in overcoming challenges in the face of adversity. Students will have the opportunity to share comments and questions with their peers. Under State social distancing guidelines, organizers changed from a live event to a virtual format so that students would not miss out on this experience.

“The coronavirus has temporarily changed the way we live. Our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe has meant the cancelations of traditional school celebrations and events,” said Governor DeWine “But we want to ensure students would still have the opportunity to participate in this Summit, to connect with professional athletes who can provide advice and inspiration on how to become youth leaders.”

“During this pandemic, we see the resiliency of our youth,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers. “Despite social distancing, those in our mentoring program have found ways to stay connected virtually. This Summit is a great example of how we can still connect, be stronger together and overcome challenges we may be facing.”

“Buckeye strongly supports leadership development opportunities that tie Ohio’s youth to positive role models,” said Buckeye President and CEO Steve Province. “We are pleased to be a part of this event and grateful to Governor DeWine and the Hall of Fame athletes for participating in this unique virtual Summit format.”

“Since 2017, The Pro Football Hall of Fame has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring Strong Youth Strong Communities events to communities across the country,” said David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “We’re happy to bring this virtual experience to Ohio for the first time with the tremendous support of Governor DeWine. We’re also proud of our Hall of Famers Aeneas Williams, Darrell Green, Anthony Munoz and Hall of Fame Ambassador Iman McFarland along with HOF Productions who are engaging in this important work to support thousands of youth during these unprecedented times.”

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