CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Jim Leone is a winner on the racquetball courts, in his church missions and through his career as a hairdresser. Now, he’s being recognized as WYTV’s Hometown Hero award.
Leone has traveled the world doing missionary work. He is also a nationally recognized coach and player, and during his off time, you’ll find him at the YMCA or Youngstown State University’s racquetball courts, where he helps coach YSU’s Racquetball Club team.
And, if you walk into his Canfield salon, Magnolias on the Green, expect more than just a haircut. Carol Salmon, one of his customers who nominated him for the Hometown Hero award, calls him an “unsung hero.”
“I do what I do because of my relationship with God,” Leone said. “I do hair for shut-ins, hospitals. It’s about being the hand of God extended to people in need.”
Leone’s wife designed and decorated his hair salon, and she also decorated Leone’s life with love.
“The Bible says, ‘He who finds a good woman, finds a good thing,'” Leone remarked.
Leone said his role models are his parents.
His father, also a racquetball player, put the racket in his hand at a young age. His mother was his inspiration for the business.
“My mother comes from a long line of hairdressers, and she did hair for 40 years,” Leone said. “She was an absolute role model in this business, and I knew I had a passion for people, to make a difference. And my goal in life is to have people leave my presence in better condition than when they came.”