Success Stories

Greg - Cincinnati

Author: BHGH Web Admin/Monday, February 17, 2014/Categories: National Success Stories

Greg - Cincinnati

Greg came to Boys Hope Girls Hope as a 13 year old. His father had passed away when Greg was still a child, leaving his family in straitened circumstances and in a neighborhood where drugs, gangs, and violence were the norm. Boys Hope Girls Hope gave him a safe home and helped him work through the anger and frustration engendered by his father’s death. Between Boys Hope Girls Hope and the strong women in his life—his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother—Greg matured from an angry and confused boy into a poised, confident, and accomplished young man with a dazzling future ahead of him.

The closest he’d come to the football field since the sixth grade was playing in the marching band. He had played basketball throughout his high school career. But the team’s coach, St. Xavier High School’s head coach Steve Specht, having seen Greg play basketball, recognized his athleticism and wondered if he might not excel in a different arena. He encouraged Greg to come out for football.

Greg led St. Xavier through a 14-0 undefeated season and a state championship, garnering athletic scholarship offers from the University of Connecticut, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, Wake Forest, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Boston College, and the University of Louisville. After an agonizing decision-making process, Greg, partially because of its proximity to his family, decided on the University of Louisville. "I'm so grateful for what Boys Hope has done for me and I always will be," Greg says. "If it wasn't for them, I might not be where I am right now. But my mother saw the potential in me and I'm grateful for that, too. I'm blessed."

Picked in in the seventh round of the draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Greg is our first alumnus with a Super Bowl ring. Picked up by the Chicago Bears in 2015, Greg has remained close to Boys Hope Girls Hope, and returns to Cincinnati frequently to mentor our current scholars.


 

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My name is Laura.  I am a Junior at Regis Jesuit High School.  I have been at Boys Hope Girls Hope for almost a year now.  Before coming to BHGH I had a very unstable home and attended many different schools. Even though life was hard, I knew all along that I had potential to reach success.  The decision to come to BHGH was difficult.  I had to leave family and friends behind.  But I knew that it was the right choice, given the high expectations that I have for myself. 

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In addition to community service and work, I’ve also had the chance to experience new activities such as sailing and rock climbing.  These activities have encouraged me to take risks.  I used to be afraid of what’s hidden beneath the water…. and there I was, on a boat, in Cherry Creek Reservoir, waiting for the wind to take me somewhere!  And when I went rock climbing, I had to climb to the very top and then they told me to let go!   I had to trust the equipment and people to get me down safely.   I was afraid of what was going to happen once I let go, but I knew I had to do it.  There will be many times in my future when I’ll have to take risks to get to where I want to be.

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On behalf of all the Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, I thank you for providing us this opportunity.