My name is Calvin J. Love and I am a current resident of the Richmond Heights community. Although I was born and raised in the inner city of Cleveland by a single white mother, I have always been driven to accomplish more than what society deemed that I ever could; being a young, biracial male whose family moved consistently throughout unfavorable neighborhoods. Despite the pressures of and being exposed to negative lifestyles, I excelled; graduating from East High School, committed four years of duty in the United States military, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s degree from Ursuline College. Presently, I am a Contract Safety Manager for the Department of Defense, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a coach for the Richmond Heights Youth Basketball League. I am not the most comfortable talking about myself, as I always try to live a life of humility and integrity. But I have been described by others as an honest, driven leader, dependable, passionate, empathetic and tenacious. Being an avid gym goer and a fitness advocate has also been a passion of mine for over 20 years. Therefore, I cannot help but recognize how much more stagnant our youth has become over this duration.
Regardless of my education, professional background, service, or attributes, there had been personal aspirations that remained unfulfilled. As a firm believer in giving back to the community, and supporting causes that promotes change and growth within our society, I see no better way than to invest more into our younger generations. Our youth, being the direct lifeline to the future conditions of our neighborhoods, counties, cities, states and country. Very many of those youths are struggling to become active, healthy and to lose weight.
For over seven years, I have committed myself to making this dream become a reality for these children. My business, my initiative “Little Giants”, is imperative amongst our community of adolescents. Today, one in three American children is obese. I am afraid that gym class and recess at schools lack the time, personnel and funding to provide a comprehensive approach for children to become truly fit; therefore, Little Giants has been providing remote exercise programs for schools in Euclid, Ohio and Richmond Heights, Ohio for almost four years. This entails three trainers (myself included) to visit these school buildings three days per week to conduct group exercise classes, provide nutritional guidance and tracking each participant's progress.
I am extremely proud to say that our very own home location is now open to the public; located at 627 East 185th Street, Euclid, OH 44123. No other organization is offering an all-access facility where children from diverse backgrounds can receive exercise, fitness, nutrition and wellness instruction according to their individual needs and assessments. Little Giants facility will be the first, designed to combat the childhood obesity epidemic throughout Northeast Ohio to start.