For people and organizations that don't receive the recognition that they "feel" they deserve, there is a tendency to praise themselves. In other words, "tooting their own horn." The DRIVEN Foundation IS NOT one of those organizations. Our hard work and dedication to serving our community often results in an outpouring of testimonies from the people whose lives we have affected. Not only do these testimonies serve as evidence that we REALLY are making a difference, but they keep us driven and motivated to impact more lives!
Testimonies are either a verbal or written recollection of an experience. Testimonies are factual. We understand that when we serve our community it does not guarantee that everyone will have a positive experience. However, those that do find value in our services, programs and events offer their gratitude through their testimonies. The testimonies below are powerful, encouraging and they truly reveal the positive impact The DRIVEN Foundation is making in the lives of others. Thank you for sharing your testimonies and allowing The Driven Foundation to share in your lives!
Thank you so much for being part out commencement and also for being so flexible at the last minute. Both students and parents had many nice things to say about your speech and your ability to relate to the kids.I personally want to thank you for the impact you have had on our students at Horizon. You are a great role model and I know they all think very highly of you!
~Shawn Ritter, Horizon Science Acdemy Middle School - 5.6.13
"It has been a pleasure working with the DRIVEN Foundation. You (Roy) and the foundation have had a fantastic impact on our students and staff. We strive to teach our students the value of giving back and working as a team to meet a common goal and DRIVEN has helped provide that opportunity with the Food Outreach. Our kids were very proud of exceeding their goal of 1500 canned goods and the video clip will help show them where there contributions went, but more importantly show them there is a lot of work to be done and plenty of good people who are willing to give back."
~Shawn Ritter, Horizon Science Acdemy Middle School
"I really enjoyed the presentation from Antonio Smith at the 3rd Annual Bucking the Trend Scholarship luncheon. and within a few minutes of returning to the office, downloaded "Waiting to Fail". Thanks for being a wonderful representative of the Columbus City Schools and THE Ohio State University."
-Ralph Smithers Jr., Motorists Insurance Group
"DRIVEN does such amazing work and we are very proud to be a part of it!"
Shannon Hoffman, Northwoods Foundation
"On October 25th, Horizon Science Academy Middle School had the privilege of welcoming Roy Hall to come in and speak with our 7th and 8th grade students about the ABCDC’s of success. Roy shared his life story with the students, but more importantly he discussed how he overcame adversity and reached his goals. “If you don’t like something, change your attitude about it.” This particular quote from Roy resonated with our students. Our students face a lot of tough challenges on a daily basis and Roy helped explain how a simple attitude adjustment can make all the difference, after all, it is the “A” in the ABCDC’s, because it all starts with attitude. His message was right on point and on behalf of all of our students and staff at Horizon we look forward having you back in the future."
~Shawn Ritter, Asst. Dean of Students & Community Relations Rep., Horizon Science Academy Middle School (Columbus, OH)
"Roy was very open, honest and direct with our students. We would love to have him back another time!"
~Ms. Jackie Hampton, Principal, Cambell High School (Youngstown, OH)
"The time that Roy spent with our group is such a blessing. We cannot thank him and DRIVEN enough."
~Caleb Williams, Athletes in Action-Mt. Nazarene University
"Thank you Roy for your gracious offereing of time and your message to our players."
~Mike Gallagher, Assistant Coach, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
"Roy is an amzing man of God that inspires and encourages the lives of many people. Myself, along with The Riot appreciate all that he and DRIVEN has done."
~Pastor Nate Ortiz , The Riot Youth Ministry/Victory Christian Center
"It was a TRUE blessing and an honor to have Mr. Roy Hall Jr. be the Commencement Speaker for the Richmond Heights graduation class of 2012. Mr. Hall was professional, yet he was down to earth when speaking to the seniors and giving them encouragement. His message was one of HOPE for our students. The students were attentive and left feeling as though they can and will make it as they move from high school to their next area of life, adulthood."
~Mr Harold Booker, Interim Principal, Richmond Heights High School
"When I told my son Deshan about his DRIVEN Birthday Bash, he was so excited about it. Thank you DRIVEN Foundation for helping my son have the best birthday party ever!"
~Ms. Ross (Mother of June 2012 DRIVEN Birthday Bash recipient)
"Thank you DRIVEN Foundation for sending Roy to share an inspirational message with our students. I know He is merely a vessel to share God's word and you touched many souls and hearts today. So I truly thank you and Focus Learning Academy is very appreciative."
~Amber Estis, Focus Learning Academy (South) Administrator
"DRIVEN Foundation, thank you for sending Roy Hall to speak at the Phenomenal Phemales 1st Annual Vision Board Luncheon on Feb 4, 2012. You were absolutely an inspiration to the teens and the adults. Your ability to weave your personal experience with your knowledge about overcoming adversity, transparent communication, and how to have faith in God is what all of our guest including myself were able to take to heart. I aslo want to say thank you the Driven Foundation for offering to sponsor our Princess for Prom winner and her date with transportation to and from her Prom. We look forward to having you back in the future!"
~Keeonia Davis, Founder/National President, Phenomenal Phemales Sisterhood Community Outreach Organization
"Roy Hall and the DRIVEN Foundation have been a positive influence on the lives of many of our students at Asbury Elementary. He has read with them, talked to them about integrity, and modeled appropriate behavior for them. Roy has a great rapport with the students and they are eager to share their successes with him. I am grateful to have such a strong role model willing to give his time for our students."
~Lisa Johnson, 4th grade Reading Intervention Teacher at Asbury Elementary
"Roy spoke to a group of elementary kids during one of our Athletes in Actions events. He naturally connected to the kids and to the college students from our group and related significant life lessons through his own story of struggle and triumph. Roy is a gifted communicator with a big heart. We're glad for the opportunity to partner with him and the DRIVEN Foundation."
~Jamie Borchik, Athletes in Action
"Roy Hall with Driven Foundation spoke at our Church for Super Bowl Sunday. Roy is an amazing communicator and truly a humble man. People at LCRF were greatly ministered to and blessed. Not only did he do a great job on the stage but spent time with the people afterwards. I look forward to working with Roy and the Driven Foundation in the future."
~Pastor Byron Adams, Life Changing Realities
"The Focus Learning Academy has been fortunate to be touched by the DRIVEN Foundation. Roy whole heartedly devotes his resources, time and energy into helping students reach their full potential. Roy's powerful message to our Focus students gave them a blueprint on how to effectively handle adversity. Roy's deep passion for integrity, respect and perseveranece is changing the lives of everyone he encounters."
~Cordia McFarland, Focus Learning Academy Administrator-Columbus, Ohio
"Thank you DRIVEN Foundation for visiting Imagine Harrisburg Pike Community School on 1.27.12. My kindergarteners made a connection with what you were telling them and the book that you read to them. Thank you for all your efforts in making children's lives better and inspiring them."
~Miss Yoder, Harrisburg Pike Community School-Columbus, Ohio
"Thank you DRIVEN Foundation, Wendy and Roy for all of your help and support for this year’s Columbus Blue Jackets Faith & Family Night. The event was a huge success and you played a major role in making this happen. We thank you again for all of your support, insight, ideas, feedback, and efforts along the way. Roy we are truly thankful or your participation."
~P.J. Keane, Director of Group Sales-Columbus Blue Jackets
"DRIVEN has done so many positive things in our community and it’s growing so quickly and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store!”
~Mary O'Brien, Mornings with Mary & Josh:104.9 The River-Columbus, Ohio
"Thank you so much for taking the time to come out to our school. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. We really enjoyed your speech and hope that you can come back next year!"
~Mrs. Hartke's 2nd Grade Class, Harrisburg Pike Community School-Columbus, Ohio
"We are grateful to God for you taking the time to share with us today. Your investment in the lives of students is priceless. We praise God for your willingness."
~Cathy Alexander, Urban Connections-Columbus, Ohio
"It's just a blessing to see Godly men like you and Mr. Antonio Smith that are living examples of what it means to be true men. We need more men like you two. Keep it up so that more young men will grow up to be like you and serve others!"
~Patrick #543.833, Trumbull County Correctional Facility Inmate
“With Operation Feed 2012 in full swing, we wanted thank you for being a part of “Operation Feed Day” on March 1, 2012. Special thanks to the DRIVEN Foundation and Roy for being one of our inspiration panel speakers. It truly was inspiring to see so many individuals and groups coming together to launch this year’s campaign and we are thrilled to have the support of the DRIVEN Foundation.”
~Mid-Ohio Food Bank Executive
"I really appreciated Roy Hall coming on the 104.9 The River this morning. I am proud we have someone like him that played for our Buckeyes.Between him and the matching gift by Buckeye Heating and Cooling I definitely felt like I should call in and pledge."