My alma mater, Brush High School, could be considered a local hotbed of professional athletes – something I’m reminded of this week because one such pro, Roy Hall, a multi-sport star for the brown-and-gold in the early 2000s, is leading a program aimed at giving back to the community in which he grew up. 

More on that effort in a minute. 

To the best of my knowledge, the Arcs have produced five athletes who have played in either Major League Baseball or the NFL. 

Baseball coach Jim Humpal, a member of the Charles F. Brush High School Hall of Fame, has a résumé that includes pitcher Steve Stone, a 1965 graduate, as well as pitcher Dave Tobik and first baseman/outfielder Dan Masteller. 

Stone broke in with the San Francisco Giants in 1970, when he looked around the clubhouse and saw four future hall-of-famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry. Ten years later, he won the American League Cy Young Award, going 25-7 for the Baltimore Orioles.

Tobik was mostly used in a relief role in eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. Masteller, whose father was a coach at Shaker Heights, appeared in 71 games with the Minnesota Twins in 1995, after a long minor league career, hitting .237 (47 hits in 198 at-bats) with 3 homers and 23 doubles.

Jim Laughlin was a solid linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams throughout the 1980s. He was captain of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1979, when he shared in a blocked punt against Michigan that was returned for a touchdown by Todd Bell. The result of the play was an 18-15 Ohio State win and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Then came Hall, a wide receiver who followed the same path from Brush to Ohio State to the NFL. His pro career was marred by injuries, but he caught 52 passes at Ohio State from 2003 to 2006. 

Hall played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2007-09.

These days, Hall is giving back to the community. As co-founder and president of the Driven Foundation, and alongside the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District, he will lead the community on Outreach Day March 14. 

“This will be one of the most exciting and impactful days the SEL community has experienced in a long time,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to make a difference in my hometown.”

The day will include reading sessions, motivational assemblies, a charity basketball game and a community dinner –  I encourage you to attend.

The Cleveland Jewish News is a media sponsor of the event.

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