Reared in a household that stressed higher education, hard work, and tenacity, the stage for success was set for Richard Crockett at an early age. Currently, the President and CEO of Capital Transportation, his journey to success was not easy.
One of ten children growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Crockett knew that education was his ticket to opportunity. He set his sites on The Ohio State University. "Scholarships, grants, and work-study programs aided me in funding my college education, and as a result, I was able to graduate from Ohio State University.”
Crockett attributes his success to the principles of hard work that were engrained in him and his siblings by his parents, as well as his life’s philosophy which is found in a quote by Henry David Thoreau. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Beyond career and community, Crockett, a devoted father, and husband, has three sons and lives at home with his wife in New Albany, OH.
In 1998, Richard M. Crockett sought a way to bring families together for an annual family fun event in the community he served with his business Capital Transportation. Mr. Crockett wanted the event to be first-class, free, and at a venue in the community. Basketball was very important to Crockett as a child, and his son, Christopher, enjoyed the game, so basketball was the logical starting point. As a result, All-Star Saturday was introduced in 1999 as a youth basketball tournament and Easter Egg Hunt that took place on the Saturday before Easter at the Bruce Howard Recreation Center in Northeast Columbus. All-Star Saturday became a much-anticipated event in the community. For 14 years, Mr. Crockett provided all the monetary support for the event. Throughout the years, vendors became aware of All-Star Saturday and began providing in-kind products and services. As All-Star Saturday grew, in both size and popularity, Crockett engaged his business network, friends, and Central Ohio companies for donations to support his efforts.
The ongoing success of the All-Star Saturday community event, along with the need for resources to support underserved youth in the community, led Crockett to establish the Metropolitan Youth Foundation of Central Ohio, Inc. (MYF) in September 2014, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the State of Ohio. MYF is the result of many years of Crockett’s service to the community and supportsunderserved youth and their families with a focus on community, education, and fitness & nutrition.
MYF has established a footprint in the community that now includes a network of 75 committed volunteers along with a growing number of individuals and businesses who provide support for MYF’s annual programming.