From the classroom to the big leagues…
High School Classmates Turned NFL Players Host Charity Basketball Game
A group of young men from a small and often misrepresented Ohio area are coming together to give back to their community and paint their cities in a positive light for the purpose of promoting hope and empowering young people to follow their dreams
Spearheaded by former Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel and former OSU star running back Maurice Clarett, who is certainly no stranger to overcoming hardships and battling controversy himself, “The Comeback Project” will take place at the Struthers field house and consist of a charity basketball game played by Clarrett himself along with a few of his fellow Warren G. Harding High School graduates.
Among the roster will be Clarett, Cincinnati Bengals running back Daniel Herron, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Prescott Burgess, former NFL fullback David Herron, and several other players who grew up in the area and went on to see professional football success.
The public fundraising event will also include an autograph session and silent auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting area youth, while footage from the event will be included in an upcoming episode of ESPN’s “30 for 30 ” series focusing on Clarett and his turbulent story of struggle, success, downfall and humble triumph.