It's About Community: Steve Spooner
When Steve Spooner and his wife, Terri, rented a duplex in Fairfax back in 1986, they could only imagine what life would bring them. Now, 28 years later and a few miles down the road in Mariemont, they have built a beautiful life in this community with their five kids. In fact, for 24 years straight there was a Spooner in our schools right up until Chris graduated in 2016. And David, who graduated from Mariemont High School in 2009, has been an assistant varsity swim coach at Mariemont High School since 2013. All and all, Steve and Terri had at least one of their kids on the high school swim team for the last thirteen years, with eight of those years spent as captain.
Speaking of sports, chances are you have seen Steve on the sidelines during sporting and community events, taking pictures and capturing the moment. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion. “I enjoy taking pictures and I like going to the events. I get the best seat in the house,” said Steve. “I think the kids appreciate it, and I know the parents do.” All of Steve’s pictures are available for purchase on his website and a portion of the proceeds supports the Mariemont Athletic Department.
All of Steve and Terri’s children graduated from Mariemont High School and went to college. “I am very happy with the excellent education my children received at Mariemont. I don’t want to say college was easy for them, but they all did very well in college.”
Steve and Terri met at Miami University, which is – coincidentally? – where four of the five Spooner kids attended. Terri grew up in Cincinnati, attending Ursuline Academy for high school. Steve grew up in Rocky River outside of Cleveland and attended Rocky River High School. “Rocky River” might ring a bell because the Mariemont lacrosse team played them in the state championship in 2013 and won.
“People ask me all of the time – who did you support during that game? And I tell them, I adamantly supported Mariemont. I will always support Mariemont.”
Steve is also a huge fan of college basketball, hosting an annual gathering at Mac’s in Fairfax on what he calls the “NCAA holy day of obligation” – the first day of March Madness. Last year 1,200 people attended.
He is involved with the community in other ways, as well. He became a Whiz Kids mentor during its inaugural year at Mariemont Elementary and plans on continuing to stay involved with this literacy-based tutoring program. He has been a Kiwanis member since 2013, photographs community events, is involved with the South 80, and volunteers on Mariemont’s Community Planning committee.
“My family has been fortunate to have landed somewhere with such an outstanding and supportive school district and community,” said Steve. “You need to give back, and we all have opportunities to do so. It’s as simple as that.”