Speech pulls in big bucks for speaker’s hard-up hometown

Heisman Trophy winner uses acceptance speech to focus attention on southeast Ohio kids who "go home to not a lot of food on the table."

If you ever doubt the material good that a speech can do when a speaker meets a moment and a need:

At this writing, more than $400,000 has been donated to poor families in Athens, Ohio.


Because of these simple sentences in the emotional Heisman Trophy Award acceptance speech by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow last weekend: “Coming from southeast Ohio, it’s a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average. There’s so many people there that don’t have a lot. And I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County that go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too.”

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