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Former Ohio State receiver Hall details foundation

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Charity game Jan. 25 to feature OSU players at WL-Salem

The desire to help his mother has driven Roy Hall to pursue lofty education, athletic and philanthropy goals.

“My father was a heroin addict,” the former Ohio State University and pro football player told Bellefontaine Rotarians on Monday, adding “he loved it (heroin) more than he loved us.”

Mr. Hall’s dad was also physically abusive, which led his young son to vow to help his family.

The 4.0 GPA student decided to pursue academic scholarships in case he couldn’t be a college athlete.

While at OSU, Hall was tutored and mentored by former coach Jim Tressel, whose influence has had a lasting impact.

Hall said Tressel taught him what it means to be a player off the field.

In 2008, Hall and former OSU teammate Antonio Smith founded the Columbus-based non-profit DRIVEN Foundation.

DRIVEN has provided 350,000 pounds of free food to some 3,500 central Ohio families, Mr. Hall said.

Additionally, the group distributes free school supplies and offers football camps and motivational speaking. It also partners with other organizations for various fundraising events.

The non-profit is joining forces locally with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties.

A charity basketball game featuring 10 former OSU football players will be played Jan. 25 at the West Liberty-Salem High School. Tip-off is at 2 p.m., following a meet-and-greet opportunity which begins at noon.

Proceeds from the event, which will allow local business leaders and others to play with the Buckeye players, will benefit DRIVEN, suicide prevention and WL athletics.

For more information about the game, call Josselyn Timko at (504) 982-2726 or Molly Smith 465-1045.

In other club news, World Polio Day is Thursday. Rotary International will host a live, streaming event online at 6:30 p.m. about awareness and eradication of the disease.

To watch the event visit, http://www.endpolio.org/news/2013/09/11/world-polio-day-global-update.

Next week’s speaker is dietitian Amy Jones, who will discuss the topic “Hungry and overweight?; How is that possible?”

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