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Columbus Youth Foundation To Honor 96 “Best All-Around Students” During Award Celebration

Columbus, OH (May 21, 2015) — The Columbus Youth Foundation (CYF) will recognize 96 Columbus City Schools (CCS) students through the Best All-Around Student Awards, to be held on May 21 at Huntington Park, before the game between the Columbus Clippers and the Gwinnett Braves. The event recognizes students for their outstanding citizenship and achievements during the 2014-2015 school year. The Mifflin High School Marching Band will perform before the ceremony and will play the national anthem.

The CYF Trustees welcome Jeff Logan as the special guest speaker for the recognition ceremony. While at The Ohio State University, Jeff was a two-year starter for the football team, co-captain, two-time All Big Ten first team running back and an Academic All-American. During his four years, the Buckeyes won four Big Ten Championships and played in four bowl games, including two Rose Bowls. Jeff and his father, Dick, were one of only two father/son combinations to both play under Woody Hayes. Following a short career in the NFL with the Colts, Jeff returned to Columbus and has been a successful financial advisor in the central Ohio community for 35 years. Today he works closely with his clients and trains and mentors other advisors with the Metlife Premier Client Group of Ohio.

The Best All-Around Student Awards recipients, one male and one female student from each middle and high school in the CCS district, were selected based on a variety of criteria, such as academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, or leadership qualities. Each student will be recognized individually on the field. The receiving line will include: Mr. Logan; the CYF Board of Trustees; Dr. J. Daniel Good, CCS Superintendent; and members of CCS Board of Education.

CYF has a long history of helping central Ohio youth. Established as a Supporting Foundation of The Columbus Foundation in 1976, CYF has awarded more than $3.4 million in grants to help young people attend summer camp, participate in recreational activities, and enjoy cultural enrichment activities. Among current grant recipients are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, After-School All-Stars Ohio, Lower Lights Ministries, Gladden Community House, Momentum, Recreation Unlimited, and the YMCA.

CYF’s links to sports and to the disadvantaged youth of urban Columbus began upon its creation as a private foundation in 1955. A group of distinguished local businessmen created the Foundation that year to hold title both to the Columbus Jets, a professional minor-league baseball team, and the team’s Franklinton stadium. Because CYF returned all profits to the community through grants to organizations that served the sick, underprivileged, and disabled youth of Columbus, it ensured strong local support for the team.

After the Columbus Jets dissolved and their stadium was sold, CYF’s Trustees decided that instead of closing the Foundation, its service to the youth of Franklinton and urban Columbus should continue as long as possible. The Trustees chose to join The Columbus Foundation in 1976 as the first Supporting Foundation. This relationship maintained CYF’s independence, while the Trustees were able to access the services and experienced staff of The Columbus Foundation.

Today, as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, CYF continues to make a difference in the lives of youth from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of Columbus by providing healthy, positive opportunities to learn life lessons through recreation and sports.

Members of the 2015 CYF Board of Trustees are Cathy M. Lyttle, chair; Archie M. Griffin, vice chair; John Lowe; and Catherine T. Willis.

The Foundation welcomes contributions from donors interested in supporting healthy, positive opportunities for fun through youth recreational activities. For more information or to make a contribution, visit

May 21, 2015