InsideOut Community Center, located at 501 S. Wittenberg Avenue in Springfield, hosted an open house on Nov. 2, with special guest Braxton Miller.
Miller, the former standout Ohio State Buckeye quarterback and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, delivered a $45,000 check from a national nonprofit to the local organization. He presented the check from bluePrint Inc., a national nonprofit, to Inside Out, a local ministry that serves at-risk youth and families in need. The ministry plans to use the money for renovations and to continue to develop.
bluePrint selected Miller to be the first recipient for their project. Various community leaders, businesses, and faith base organizations were also in attendance for the kickoff.
The mission of the open house was to unite Springfield with a emphasis on investing, educating and empowering the youth for a life time of success. Inside Out hosted the event to celebrate the gift and give the community a chance to meet their hometown hero, Miller.
“The first thing I wanted to do once I reached my goals was to give back to the youth and, you know, the whole city. I just want to reinvent the city in a good way. This is what God had in my heart and I always wanted to do this,” Miller said .
The donation is part of a larger effort to help Inside Out become a stronger community asset. The event and project is part of a documentary being produced by bluePrint, Inc., which helps celebrities assist a cherished nonprofit in their hometown.
The national group strives to create “positive social disruption,” in order to create change, according to blueprint’s website and cofounder, Hanna Gebremedhin.