130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. R. No. 83  As Adopted by the House

A RESOLUTION



  Speaker Batchelder  Representatives Budish, Adams, J., Adams, R., Amstutz, Anielski, Antonio, Ashford, Baker, Balderson, Barnes, Beck, Blair, Blessing, Boose, Boyd, Brenner, Bubp, Buchy, Burke, Butler, Carey, Carney, Celeste, Clyde, Coley, Combs, Damschroder, DeGeeter, Derickson, Dovilla, Driehaus, Duffey, Fedor, Fende, Foley, Gardner, Garland, Gentile, Gerberry, Gonzales, Goodwin, Goyal, Grossman, Hackett, Hagan, C., Hagan, R., Hall, Hayes, Heard, Henne, Hollington, Hottinger, Huffman, Johnson, Kozlowski, Landis, Letson, Luckie, Lundy, Maag, Mallory, Martin, McClain, McGregor, McKenney, Mecklenborg, Milkovich, Murray, Newbold, O'Brien, Okey, Patmon, Peterson, Phillips, Pillich, Ramos, Reece, Roegner, Rosenberger, Ruhl, Schuring, Sears, Slaby, Slesnick, Sprague, Stautberg, Stebelton, Stinziano, Sykes, Szollosi, Thompson, Uecker, Wachtmann, Weddington, Williams, Winburn, Young, Yuko 

Honoring the late Jesse Owens on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his 1936 Olympic performance.
       WHEREAS,  The members of the House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio extend posthumous recognition to Jesse Owens on the memorable occasion of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his exemplary performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany; and

       WHEREAS,  Jesse Owens was, indeed, a truly exceptional individual, for he successfully combined talent and competitive spirit with the highest ideals of good sportsmanship, and his exceptional endeavors in track and field and in life have left an indelible impression on countless individuals. An outstanding athlete, he captured the world's attention at the 1936 Olympics, where he won four gold medals, setting three world records and tying one in the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter relay, the long jump, and the 100-meter dash, respectively. Invalidating the master race theory of Adolph Hitler and the host country of Nazi Germany, he confirmed that the measure of a man is judged by his individual efforts rather than by his ethnicity or racial background; and 

       WHEREAS,  Raised in Cleveland, Jesse Owens established a legacy of hard work and perseverance early in life at East Technical High School, where he set numerous world records in track and field, and at The Ohio State University, where he shattered more world records, solidified himself as one of the world's greatest athletes of his time, and earned the nickname "Buckeye Bullet." After the 1936 Olympics, he returned home to serve the community, and he created the Jesse Owens Foundation, promoted the Boys' Clubs of America and other underpriveleged youth organizations, and served as an inspirational speaker and a U.S. goodwill ambassador around the globe; and

       WHEREAS, Jesse Owens clearly displayed the potential of each person to have a positive and lasting effect on the world, and he distinguished himself as a responsible and hard-working Ohioan. Due to his tremendous efforts, he received numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Living Legend Award, and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and the Jesse Owens Track Classic were named in his honor by The Ohio State University; therefore be it

       RESOLVED,  That we, the members of the House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, congratulate the late Jesse Owens on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his 1936 Olympic performance and salute him as one of Ohio's finest citizens; and be it further

       RESOLVED,  That the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a duly authenticated copy of this Resolution to the family of Jesse Owens.

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