Please join us in congratulating Jack Hanna and Bobby Rahal as this year’s inductees. Both of these gentlemen embody the true essence of the Hall of Fame. From their passion and drive to their true entrepreneurial spirit, they are a key part of the fabric of the Central Ohio business community.
The Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the excellence that we see in local leaders and strive to pass on that excellence through our base of volunteers who teach in the classrooms of Central Ohio. It is this tradition of excellence that drives us to continue to be the largest and fastest-growing organization dedicated to teaching young people about business, economics and personal finance.
Among other things, our volunteers teach children how to balance a checkbook, get a job and run a business. We explore the basics of personal finance, global economic issues and real life, small business risks. Each year we reach over 25,000 students in Central Ohio, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.
We at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio are committed to our push into the urban and rural school districts in Central Ohio. The needs of these children are diverse, but the potential impact of a solid economic education, combined with the knowledge that a volunteer from the community cares enough to spend time in the classroom, can yield immeasurable results for our community. We will also continue to deliver quality programs to our current JA school districts.
I invite you to join us in congratulating our honorees and to help us develop the business leaders of tomorrow. By supporting Junior Achievement, you are helping bring hope to young people.
By giving children the vision and tools that allow them to contribute to the community through business, we will make Central Ohio a better place to live and work.
Tom Krouse is chairman of the board, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio. Reach him at www.centralohio.ja.org.