David Malone, the President and CEO of Gateway Financial, was honored as the 2013 Thieman Awardee at the Magic of Mentoring Recognition event held at Heinz Field on Thursday night.
This event highlights mentoring and the 140 programs working to promote quality mentoring that supports youth in the community.
Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, the founding chairman of the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and safety Will Allen were on hand as Malone was honored.
“Most people would be happy just to own and operate an NFL franchise that has become the envy of every other sports franchise in the world,” said Malone. “Dan has decided that wasn’t enough and has to be involved in virtually everything in the community. Look at what he did with the Mentoring Partnership and United Way. We have all really benefitted from his involvement.”
Malone thanked the mentors in his life during his speech, and also shared a story that he once read that he related to mentoring, and the fact that what mentors do with today’s youth might not show until they become adults.
“If you plant the Chinese bamboo today and you water it and the next growing season you see nothing come out of the ground,” said Malone. “You keep watering it and for four years you see nothing happening. In the fifth year the bamboo grows 80 feet up in the air. The point is the work that they do sometimes is unrewarded for a long time. But what that bamboo was doing while it was dormant was growing its roots 80 feet into the ground so it could shoot up into the air.”
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