Joe Burrow Partnering with Nonprofit to Encourage Local Workforce Development

December 7, 2021

The Athens News

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and The Plains native Joe Burrow is partnering with a nonprofit that helps local workers get high-growth, in-demand jobs in the region.

Although its programs are statewide, LevelUp GRIT Ohio focuses on Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties. The organization works with the Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Means Jobs; it is an affiliate of SkillUp, a nonprofit launched in July 2020 to connect laid-off and furloughed workers with training programs and other resources to prepare for careers with local employers.

LevelUp GRIT Ohio recently premiered a video featuring Burrow, whose Heisman Trophy acceptance speech highlighted southeast Ohio’s food insecurity problems. In the video, Burrow talks about how growing up in Southeast Ohio shaped his work ethic, life lessons that have helped him excel and his belief in the region’s strengths.

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