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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In Illinois...

 

  • In the seven-county area of Metropolitan Chicago, almost 30% (172,000) of children live in zip codes where risks to their well-being (lacking family support, inadequate access to quality health care, poor educational opportunities, high crime rates, and high parental unemployment rates).

 

  •  High schools in the Chicago metro area have dropout rates higher than the state average.

 

  • In the Chicago City Public School District, the rate of students graduating from high school within four years is 61.8%.

 

How Boys Hope Girls Hope meets that need:

 

  • 80% of the youth we serve are in the racial minority.

 

  • The majority of youth in our care have no immediate family member with a college degree. 

 

  • Almost all of the youth we serve come from dangerous neighborhoods and experienced a lack of supervision.

 

  • Our college retention rate is 89-94%, compared to the national average of 66%.

 

  • All local Illinois scholars participate in extra-curricular and civic programs and engage in countless hours of service learning.  Nearly 70% receive academic honors at their schools.

 

  • Since 1996, over 80% of the youth who became part of the program have remained in the program through high school graduation.

 

  • Nationwide, since 1991, 100% of our U.S. alumni have gone on to college.

 

  • Since 1996, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois has averaged a 77% retention rate of students in college.

 

  • Our alumni across the country are successful professionals, responsible community members, and nurturing spouses, fathers and mothers. 

 

Since 1991, 100% of Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni have gone on to college or another post-secondary educational institution.