Former Buckeye defensive tackle, Joel Penton, will make a stop in London on March 4 to address the community at London High School. Musician and performer Ryan Holliday will join him. The two have been traveling across Ohio on their year-long "Stand Your Ground" tour.
A 2006 graduate of Ohio State University, Penton was a member of three Big Ten championship teams and one national championship team. Penton played in 38 straight games for the Buckeyes. In his senior year, he recorded a sack in the 2006 victory over Michigan, which gave Ohio their first outright Big Ten title since 1984.
In 2006, Penton received the Danny Wuerffel Trophy. The trophy recognizes the nation’s college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
In his time at Ohio State, Penton was a four-time varsity letter winner and four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He also was chosen to play in the 2007 Hula Bowl, a college football all-star game.
Penton is community director for Central Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes and travels the country as a speaker.
The doors of London High School will open at 6 p.m. March 4 with pizza served at 6:30 and kickoff starting at 7. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.