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The connection between leadership and service is something that many others in the Gannon community have found to be a strong one. Bill (Willie) Alford ’65, Gannon Trustee and former basketball player, used his athletic talents to coach Little League baseball and referee basketball for 28 years, during which time he was able to connect with kids in his community, offering them guidance and the opportunity to grow. “It was evident to me very early on that our future and the future of kids is all about mentoring and preparing them to become citizens,” Alford said. Although Alford retired following a long and successful career with IBM, he still works today for the Akron Summit Community Action, where he is the Executive Director of Head Start. “Head Start is a program that serves low-income families with children from the ages of six months to five years, and we have two missions: to give children a head start in life so that they are prepared for school, and to provide training to parents so that they can help their children grow and become successful citizens.” Alford

said. “I’m very proud to be able to lead my team and serve my community through Head Start,” he added. Back on campus, students have many opportunities for service learning and also for learning about leadership. Senior running back and Criminal Justice major Ron Bailey strives to incorporate both into his life. “It’s important to know how to lead because leadership means that people are following you,” Bailey said. “You can’t abuse your power because leading is all about taking people under your wing when they are in need. Leadership is service—it’s all about putting yourself before others and giving others all that you

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“I’m very proud to be able to lead my team and serve my community through Head Start.” Bill (Willie) Alford ’65, Gannon Trustee

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