We’re excited to announce a brand new initiative called InspiredOH, an effort to shine a light on stories of hope and perseverance across the state of Ohio. We’ve found the perfect teammate in Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Last month we spent a couple of days with the all-star player as he sat down with cameras rolling to talk about his journey to the big leagues. His fans know him for his impressive skills on the field, but most are not familiar with his journey to reach his dreams, overcoming obstacles such as learning a new language and supporting his sister through her battle with cancer. You can watch Francisco’s detailed personal account of how he achieved his dreams by visiting http://www.inspiredoh.org.
Along with Francisco’s story, you can watch other inspirational videos from across the state such as an Ohio-based horse ranch that raises funds for breast cancer, a small town thrift shop that supports animal rescue efforts and many more.
Our mission at the Ohio Lottery is to raise funds in support of education, and as a strong believer himself that education can open doors, Francisco will be making a personal donation to Minds Matter Cleveland. The volunteer-led non-profit organization provides high-achieving high school students from low-income backgrounds with academic and mentoring services, along with access to summer college immersion programs, to assist them in navigating the path to college and career success.
The Ohio Lottery is focused on creating positive experiences across the state, and we couldn’t think of a better Ohioan, or person, to team up with for this program. We can’t wait to see all of the inspiring stories from all corners of the state. After all, inspiration is something we can all use from time to time!