BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) – A surprise visitor spoke to the Buckeye Boys State program Friday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich stopped by the Bowling Green State University campus.
It was a short visit, but Kasich covered a lot of ground. He encouraged the group of teenage boys to follow their dreams and stay motivated.
The governor spoke about his own experiences in leadership. He encouraged the young men in the program to show compassion and selflessness. He also touched on current issues, like human trafficking and the economy.
Organizers said the governor's visit was fitting since the goal of Buckeye Boys State is to educate young people about how government works.
Kasich said he had more personal reasons for his visit.
"They're the future. I mean, they're the ones who are going to have to take care of me in the not too distant future. And I want them to have integrity and I don't want them to just be thinking about themselves. That's the problem, one of the big problems with the country today. Everybody cares, 'Well, what about me?' Well, life's not just about 'me' and I hope it got through to them a little bit," explained Kasich.
The week-long Buckeye Boys State program will wrap up Sunday.