He's arguably the best promoter of his kids that the state of Ohio has ever seen.
Ted Ginn Sr. (pictured, right) has already been recognized once in the pages of Sports Illustrated for his annual summer tour of college campuses with members of his Glenville football team, but this time he's completely outdone himself.
Currently Ginn is traveling the heartland on a bus loaded with kids from Glenville and other high schools on the "Ted Ginn Sr. ASAP of Northeast Ohio, Midwest Combine Tour." The ASAP portion of the title stands for Academics for the Student-Athlete Program. The main purpose of the tour, intending to make 11 different stops from June 10 to the 21st, is to get every young student-athlete on the bus maximum exposure to college football coaches around the Midwest and give them all another opportunity to take the ACT test.
"We extended this service to every kid, any seniors, in Northeast Ohio," said Ginn from the road in Muncie, Indiana. "And we had to turn some kids away."
Ball State University was the first stop on Friday. From there the tour plans to make stops at Cincinnati, Iowa, Bowling Green, Illinois, Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and at Ohio State on the 21st before returning to Cleveland.
"On Saturday the kids are going to take the ACT test and enjoy the day at Kings Island," Ginn said. "Then we'll camp at Cincinnati on Sunday."
On the tour from Glenville are Rob Rose, Ray Small, Arvell Nelson, Daven Jones, Raymond Fisher (pictured, left), Bryant Browning, Derrick Smith, Anthony Echols, Royce Adams, Bruce Frieson, Brandon McCray, Deonte Williams, Kelvin Primm, David Garrett, Bryant Mulligan, Kyle Jefferson, Gino Sturdivant and Eric Haislah.
Joining them on the tour from other schools are Ben Kelly of Bedford, Darius Smith of Euclid, Chris Austin and Jahmal Brown of Benedictine, Chad Jones of Cleveland Heights, Morris Williams and Anthony Sweeney of St. Joseph, Chris Lewis and Brandon Stephens of Strongsville, Jovani Chappel of Trotwood Madison and Miles Schlichter of Miami Trace (and a few others).
"The kids all had a fun time today and it was an exciting day for all of us," said Ginn by telephone late Friday evening. "We're all looking forward to going to Cincinnati tomorrow."