Coach tells boys to never give up
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:26
Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan told Buckeye Boys State delegates on Monday that there are a couple of guarantees in life: death and struggle.
|Tom Ryan, head wrestling coach at The Ohio State, speaks to Buckeye Boys State participants. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
"Life is never easy," the coach told about 1,200 delegates during a speech at Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center.
Ryan, a two-time All-American, knows about struggle.
His son, Teague, died suddenly at age 5 at their family home.
The Ryan family could have given up. But they didn't.
"When will you give up. When will you quit," Ryan asked the delegates.
The answer, Ryan told them, should be never.
"Never quit until the challenge has been met."
"We all reach a moment of great doubt no matter what our quest," Ryan said. "You must push that back as far as
Great accomplishments, Ryan said, do not come without conquering challenges.
"Isn't it amazing that often the people that rise the highest have come the farthest. And why? Because they never gave up and they never quit," Ryan said.
"It wasn't their talent that got them there. They got there by their personal drive."
Each person, Ryan said, is capable of accomplishing great things if they are willing to work hard.
"I don't know what mountain you will choose to climb, but start with a fire that no one can put out and end with a glorious achievement."
Ryan also challenged the delegates to inspire others.
"You make more of others by giving more of yourself.
"Help them to recognize their talents. They, too, have big dreams."
Also at Monday's program, Dan Willis, a long-time staff member and consultant for the organization was inducted into the Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame.
Willis has been integral in the BBS state government section.
"He has been able to bring to this program, for many years now, around 40 people from Columbus from various departments and various elected offices to give a half-day to work with our young men," said Tom Gabel, BBS Hall of Fame president.
"He puts a lot of time into this program."