HAMLER — The Patrick Henry Community Foundation presented this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Patrick Henry alumni, Jim Hoops during the Heritage Homecoming basketball game earlier this month.
Hoops graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1977 and received an athletic scholarship to play Division 1 basketball at Northwest State of Louisiana. After receiving his degree in business and computer science, Hoops was invited to join the Athletes in Action basketball team located in British Columbia, Canada. It was a team of former college players that used the game of basketball as a platform to talk about a relationship with Jesus Christ. The team played Division 1 schools that included Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Louisville, Arizona, and Oregon and national teams from China, Canada and Japan.
After three years with A.I.A., at age 26, Hoops was appointed Henry County auditor in 1985. He served as the auditor for 13 years until 1998, when he was elected to serve as state representative of the 81st House District serving the counties of Henry, Putnam, Paulding, Van Wert and part of Defiance. During his time as state representative, he served on committees that included education, public utilities, local government, ways and means and finance. While on the Finance Committee, he was asked by the Ohio House speaker to serve as finance chair for the Health & Human Services sub-committee.
In 2007, he went on to work for American Municipal Power (AMP) in Columbus in the finance department. During his eight years at AMP, he was part of the finance team that structured more than $6 billion in financing to build a clean coal power plant in Illinois, four hydro plants along the Ohio River and a natural gas plant in Fremont. In January of 2015, he joined the Northwest State Community College team and served as associate vice president for strategic initiatives for the college. In January of 2018, another opportunity arose to serve northwest Ohio in Columbus when he was appointed as the state representative of the 81st House District.
Hoops also walks dogs at the Henry County Humane Society and was elected the treasurer of the organization, as well as serves as an account manager for the United Way of Henry County.
The Patrick Henry Community Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of Patrick Henry community members which provides scholarships to PH graduates and grants to PH teachers. Each year, the foundation requests the community to nominate a Patrick Henry, Deshler, Hamler or Malinta-Grelton graduate to receive the distinguished alumni award. Applications for nominations of the distinguished alumni award are available in the Patrick Henry high school office.
(Information courtesy of the Patrick Henry Community Foundation.)