State Representative John Patterson Honors Ayden Richmond
Legislator presents House Resolution to champion free throw shooter
October 17, 2013
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COLUMBUS – On the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives Wednesday, State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) presented a Resolution to Ayden Richmond, commending the 9-year-old for his achievements on the basketball court.  Earlier this year, Richmond won the Cork Elementary competition to be entered into the local Elks Club Hoop Shoot competition. After winning the local competition, he went on to win at the county, state, and regional competitions, and placed 7th in the nation.

“Ayden Richmond is a very special young man,” said Rep. Patterson. “Not only did he perform under pressure at the free throw line during multiple competitions, but his acceptance speech on the floor of the Ohio House was equally as impressive. It was fitting that Mr. J.P. Ducro was in attendance as the representative of the sponsoring Elks Club. Once more it was evident that great things can be accomplished with teamwork—in this case Ayden Richmond and his family, from his school in Geneva, his teacher Nancy Patterson and principal Melissa Doherty, and our local Elks Club.”

“In a society that seeks to teach the future leaders of our state and nation the fundamentals of self-reliance and the rewards of individual effort, athletics has become a valuable tool,” read Rep. Patterson’s Resolution, “Therefore be it resolved, that we, the members of the House of Representatives of the 130th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, congratulate Ayden Richmond on his achievements and extend best wishes for ongoing success.”

During the ceremony, Ayden gave a speech to members of the Ohio House. In it he said, “My dad and I had a goal for me to make it to Nationals from the beginning. I shot about 100 free throws per day to make it there. Along the way, I made many memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. One great memory was at Regionals when I shot my best score—24 out of 25—and beat that kid from ‘the state up north.’ I can’t wait to beat him again.”


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