Liaison College President, Rudy Florio, knows what means to strive for success and overcome barriers. Growing up in the Ď60ís in the East End of Hamilton, there was not much money for post-secondary education and certainly not for the luxury to play football; Rudy had to fight the economic realities of his roots. With the help of dedicated high school football coaches, George Knill and Dennis Griffin, Rudy was able to achieve a Football Scholarship to Youngstown State University in Ohio. Rudy played football and studied for 4 years and earned a Bachelorís Degree in Business Administration and then continued on to play professional football after being drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 1973. Rudy finished a 7 year pro-football career winning the respect of his teammates and coaches. Since then he has created a successful business profile at Liaison College.
Now he would like to give back. In addition to sharing his love and knowledge of football, Rudy is also committed to the Hamilton area youth at risk.
And so the Liaison College Youth Success Fund was created in partnership with the Hamilton Area John Howard Society. The fund was established to address the needs of youth in the area who face barriers prohibiting them to reach their full potential and succeed in their dreams. Sometimes all you need is a hand up to get you started in the right direction. Rudy Florio believes in this philosophy and wants to help.
The Liaison College Youth Success Fund is directed towards services that will help youth achieve their goals and realize their dreams by assisting in the following areas:
The fund is administered entirely by the John Howard Society in Hamilton where Rudy Florio is an active Board Member.
This year's event theme is Sippin at the Dock of the Bay and will be held June 1st, 2012.