Mayor Jackson presents key to the city to lifelong youth mentor and coach
Beginning with his time as a volunteer at Glenville High School in the 1970s, Ted Ginn has made believing in young people and encouraging them to succeed in life, in education and in athletics, a career. At a surprise ceremony at Ginn Academy this morning, Mayor Jackson declared Tuesday, October 15 Ted Ginn, Sr. Day and presented Coach Ginn a key to the city for his contributions to the community as a coach and youth mentor.
Ted Ginn, Sr. is the coach of the Glenville High School Tarblooders football and track teams as well as the founder of Ginn Academy, the only all-male public high school in the state of Ohio.
“The thing that sets Ted Ginn, Sr. apart from so many other coaches is that his work doesn’t stop at the football field or the track. He is a mentor, an advisor, an educator and a friend. Ginn invests his time, energy and resources to help young people succeed in life,” said Mayor Jackson. “Not because it is the nice thing to do but because it is the right thing to do. It’s just who he is.”
On the field, his successes include coaching the Glenville football team to the state championship game in 2009, coaching Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and his son, Ted Ginn, Jr., currently with the Carolina Panthers.
“Ginn believes in young people when so many others do not,” said Mayor Jackson. “His ability to connect with young people, especially those at risk for making bad decisions or without family support, is extraordinary and makes a difference in their lives.”
For example, when colleges would not come to Glenville, Ginn took his athletes to the colleges in an unprecedented initiative to make sure the students could be recruited. The college tour program, featured in Sports Illustrated in 2001, has grown exponentially and now is open to student athletes from across northeast Ohio. To date, Ginn has helped more than 150 student-athletes win college scholarships, 50 of which are to Division 1 schools.
In 2007, Ginn helped establish the high school that bears his name, with the sole purpose of providing at-risk boys the structure, care and understanding they need to be successful in education and in life. The school has approximately 350 students from across the City of Cleveland as well as area suburbs. The curriculum, which includes core courses as well as electives like business technology and foreign languages, is supported by a philosophy that places an emphasis on scholarship, leadership, and service.