Twenty Under 40! Michael Myers

Michael Myers, 29, Manager of Youth and Education, Pro Football Hall of Fame

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?

I have an incredible team of people that I work with who demand excellence from one another. We motivate and push each other but also take extreme pride in the quality of our own work and how that work affects our community.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

There are no shortcuts. A quote from one of my favorite books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, summarizes it perfectly for me.  “Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would be to try to cram on a farm—to forget to plant in the spring, play all summer and then cram in the fall to bring in the harvest? The farm is a natural system. The price must be paid and the process followed. You always reap what you sow, there is no shortcut.”

List three to five things people might not know about you.

I was a third grade checker champion and still really enjoy playing the game thanks to my dad and grandmother.

I did not get to see the ocean until I was 28 years old on my honeymoon and still have never swam in the ocean.

I grew up on a dairy farm.

“Mike Myers is a Hall of Farner in life, hardworking and dedicated, inspiring students to be the best they can be on and off the field!”—Sara Myers

Education

• University of Mount Union, 2009

• Louisville High School, 2005

In the community

• Has assisted with the coordination of the Mount Union Sports Sales Workshop and Job Fair for 10 years

• Speaks to the Intro to Sport Business Classes at the University of Mount Union each semester to talk about careers in sports

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank CORE Young Professionals member

• Volunteers at the Foodbank and repackages foods for those with food insecurity

• Volunteers at the Foodbank’s Selfless Elf 5K and Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame event

Accomplishments

• Playmakers Camp, an annual fundamental football camp for over 200 special needs students from Stark County, led by football players from area high school football programs

• Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Pinnacle Award winner

• Coordinated First Play for the past four years

• Coordinated the Ambassador Program for the past four years

• Hosted Play Football Clinic, in affiliation with the NFL’s youth football initiative, a free football clinic for over 600 local youth during enshrinement weekend with 12 Gold Jackets

Family

• Sara, wife; Boomer, dog

• Parents Julie and Phil Myers; Sister Kellie Myers

 Nominated by

• Sara Myers, Corporate Relationship Specialist, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank