GREEN Green High School Teacher Doug Froelich, a longtime community volunteer, is serving as the General Chairman for the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities this week.
Froelich, along with Todd Stover, who will be the General Vice Chairman, will lead the nearly 5,000-person volunteer corps who help make the events happen.
Froelich is in his 29th year of volunteering and has been on the Hall of Fame Hospitality and Enshrinement Committees and the 50th Anniversary Committee. He also has chaired the Balloon Classic Committee and twice chaired the Security and Logistics Committee.
He is a graduate of Hoover High School and graduated from Kent State University and Ashland University. Froelich is a National Honor Society adviser and senior class adviser at Green High School. Previously, he served on the Green Local School District Leadership Team and as the Language Arts Department chairman.
This year will mark his 24th year teaching for Green as he will be teaching sophomore language arts, speech and debate and sports literature and media
Froelich and Stover will work closely with the staffs at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide training and resources to enhance an already solid foundation of dedicated community volunteers.
Froelich said it is a real honor to be selected as the General Chairman as it is a position he never expected to be in. He said there have only been 58 others in the General Chairman position in the history of the Hall of Fame.
“It has been a good busy fun year,” Froelich said.
He said he continues to volunteer because he wants to give back to the community. In addition to being a football fan, he said he has met many people and made friendships through volunteering.
“We do something in Canton and Stark County that no one else does,” Froelich said.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities have grown over the years and now draws more than 700,000 people and generates an estimated economic impact of more than $40 million for Canton and Stark County and nearly $65 million for the state of Ohio. More than 140 Gold Jacket Hall of Famers are expected to return to Canton to participate in the 2019 festivities and induction of the new class.