Ron Ison Speaks at Kennedy Center

Tuesday October 1, 2019

CARV Member Ron Ison (Togo 84 – 87) recently traveled to Washington DC along with a group of Cincinnati area refugee soccer players that he has mentored for years.  They were participating in the launch of an extension of the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts called The Reach.  As part of the Opening Festival, the National Peace Corps Association, CARV’s parent organization, was invited to showcase the Peace Corps’ mission.  They mounted an extensive day-long event including many affiliate groups.  Peace Corps Community for Refugees hosted a panel discussion including Ron and Liliane, a young refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo.  Click here for an article about the event.

Ron has exemplified the Peace Corps Third Goal of “Bringing the World Back Home” over decades by his hands-on involvement with young refugees in Cincinnati.  He is currently very involved with youth soccer – doing what it takes to help them participate in the beautiful game, including lots of carpooling. CARV will have a chance to speak with Ron about his DC trip and all of his volunteer activities at the Gathering on Sunday, November 10th at 2 pm.  Check back for location details.

The Reach is a $250mm expansion of the Kennedy Center, “envisioned as a 21st century cultural campus and arts incubator.”  As part of its two week-long opening festival, The Reach invited artists and community groups to provide free performances and events.

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