I have a lot of things to be thankful for in my life, wonderful wife; three great kids; an awesome new grandson; good job with stability; and my God given ability to put air in my lungs! I have also been blessed with Roy Hall coming into my life and making DRIVEN a part of it.
I am being a bit biased about the work that they do because I have had the opportunity to participate in the events they put on by officiating. Whether it be flag football, which is pretty low contact, or the current basketball tour it’s doing, much more contact than football(go figure), I enjoy seeing the effect that Roy and Antonio Smith are having on people.
I worked the first flag football game which ended up being on a cold, misty day that it effected attendance greatly. I still remember thinking that I hope and pray it won’t always be this way for these events. That’s the beauty of having two men who have great faith in their God to take care of those who need their help.
In just a short couple of years DRIVEN has grown tremendously and to the point that a little basketball game in Crooksville, Ohio a few weeks ago raised that incredible bar. The pre-game meal was huge and the gym was packed for a highly competitive game, that more importantly raised an astounding 23,000+ for the charities involved.
That was the answer from prayers, get other charities involved, do what they can to benefit the community they’re playing the game in and really bring people in. One of the first basketball games was held at Marysville last year ad I got to work that game as well. On a day where there were some other things going on, people came in the evening and had a great time. But, nowhere near the time the fans who attended last Saturdays event did, as a great crowd attended the game and helped cheer on Antonio Smith’s team to victory. The theme for the game was “You’ve Come Too Far, To Give Up Now”. Read More
If you needed a way to pass the time in a good way on Saturday, then being at Bloom Carroll high school would have done just the trick. The flag football game between the “Bulldogs”of Roy Hall(white) and the Buckeyes of Antonio Smith(Black) turned out to be just as exciting as the Buckeyes game last night.
During pre-game I surprised Jamal Luke with a pic.
The event was just like any other event that Roy Hall and Antonio Smith sponsor through DRIVEN. It helps those who cannot help themselves. A great crowd turned out to support the event on a beautiful day. Much better than the 40 degrees of last October’s event! The event itself will touch many lives but some not as much as Jennifer Sawchuck and her family. One of her twin sons, Nick is only twelve years old and has been battling cancer and is a testament to the fight children have.
If there’s one thing I have learned officiating two of DRIVEN’s events, it’s that the former Buckeyes involved are just as competitive now as they were when they played. A few are just recently removed from their playing days for the Scarlet and Gray and the others? Well, they all hail from the National Championship Buckeyes and a couple stole the show Friday night at Marysville High School
The night began with a dinner of fellowship with the former Buckeyes and their guests. Some of the players brought family with them and some just brought themselves. After the eating and hobnobbing finished, the emcee for the evening, Pastor Steve Rouch began a question and answer session with each player asking them all about where they went to high school and how they became a Buckeye;what it meant to be a Buckeye; what was their favorite memory, and why DRIVEN.
This past Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, The DRIVEN Foundation hosted it’s Flag Football game featuring former Buckeyes and benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Several former Buckeyes were participating as well as others representing The Columbus Christian Center Church who also sponsored the event.
The weather may have put a damper on the attendance, but it did not put a damper on the spirit of the event or those playing. The day started with Driven founder and President Roy Hall organizing everyone and getting them ready to play by leading them through warm-ups. He also took the time to have a pre-game get together in the locker-room with all of us to do a meet and greet and Pastor Davis Forbes led us in a wonderful prayer. Let’s take a look at who took the field.
BLACK. Pastors- David C. Forbes Jr.(Pastor at Columbus Christian Center Church) , Minister Rick Davis (CCC), Former Buckeyes- Roy Hall, Maurice Clarett, Antonio Smith, Stan Jackson, Gary Berry. Cory Waite (Columbus resident, plays baseball at BW), Jeremy Ford, Darren Hawkins(Frosh @ DeSales)
PINK. Former Buckeyes- Maurice Lee, Nate Oliver, Trevor Robinson, Matt Trombitas, Dimitrios Makridis. Dominic Jones(CCC, played at Minnesota). Members of CCC Church; Dexter Dodson, Dave Walker, Tarquin Carroll, Onesiaum Glass. Christian Yanok (Kicker for both teams and plays at North Albany) Read More