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Each year, as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, the Canton, Stark County community rolls out the red carpet for pro football’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. As a way to say “thank you”, each year 15-20 Gold Jackets take time to visit a variety of local organizations ranging from hospitals and youth centers to veterans and senior centers for informal “meet and greet” sessions. These sessions are a part of the Hall of Fame Ambassadors program that was started in 2006.
Participants in the Hall of Fame Ambassadors program have included Gold Jackets as Lem Barney,Elvin Bethea, Fred Dean, Joe DeLamielleure, Carl Eller, Mike Haynes, Leroy Kelly, Steve Largent, Larry Little, Tom Mack, Don Maynard, Tommy McDonald, Bobby Mitchell, Lenny Moore, Mike Munchak, Joe Perry, Andre Reed, Mel Renfro, Charlie Sanders, Charley Taylor, Roger Werhli, Rayfield Wright, Ron Yary, Jack Youngblood and Gary Zimmerman.
On August 2nd, Reed traveled to the Massillon Boys and Girls Club to speak to over 150 kids on what the Game of football taught him – both on and off the field. He spoke on the importance of being prepared for anything, not only in football, but in life as well. This program was moderated by Massillon’s own and NFL Legend Shawn Crable. Crable grew up attending the same Boys and Girls Club that Reed visited that day.
Reed went on to talk about how important the Boys and Girls Club was to his life and his football career. He said that the Boys and Girls Club laid the foundation of who he is today and that the teachers and coaches who helped him mean everything to him. Reed spoke to the kids about the importance encouraging one another, being held accountable for your actions, respect, being committed and overcoming adversity. He also spoke on how kids should put down their cellphones and pay attention to their surroundings and about how important it is, as a kid today, to read a book because those skills you learn from reading help you down the road.
Reed also helped unveil the brand new Reeding Room in the Boys and Girls Club - a room not only dedicated to him, but also to helping students learn the importance of reading in their lives. Reed spent time with this select group of kids, talking about the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission and Core Values. He then signed the “Reeding Room Wall of Fame,” which will now be signed by Gold Jackets every year!
The “Reeding Room” fulfilled one of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Team Principles – Make a difference in the lives of others. The children who attend the Massillon Boys and Girls Club now have a place to read, learn and be inspired!
For more information contact our Youth & Education Team at Education@ProFootballHOF.com