Most eligible bachelor: Bethlehem native Josh Young to appear on 'The Bachelorette'
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — He's hoping to make a touchdown on "The Bachelorette."
This summer, Freedom High School alum and sports standout Josh Young will appear on season 20 of "The Bachelorette."
- Bethlehem native Josh Young, 28, will appear with other bachelors in season 20 of "The Bachelorette"
- He graduated from Freedom High School in 2013 and from Franklin and Marshall College in 2018
- Since graduation, he has worked in investment banking, the nonprofit sector, and helped run a successful political campaign
On the ABC network reality show, Young, who was chosen as one of 29 contestants, will meet Charity Lawson, a fan favorite from season 27 of "The Bachelor."
Lawson, 27, is a family and child therapist from Georgia.
Local sports star
Young, 28, graduated from Freedom High in 2013 and was known for his talents on the football field, track and field and wrestling teams.
During his high school career, he was nominated for Lehigh Valley conference Football Scholar Athlete, selected to play wide receiver for the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic and a winner of the John E. Fernstermach Scholar Athlete.
He was also Freedom's class president in his sophomore year, a member of the National Honor Society and an NAACP academic scholar recipient.
An ABC spokesperson told LehighValleyNews.com that cast members are not available for interviews until after their time on the show has concluded.
The new season of "The Bachelorette" will air in the summer but a premiere date has not been announced.
Young attended Franklin and Marshall College and graduated with honors in 2018 while playing on the football and wrestling teams.
Since then, he has worked in investment banking, the nonprofit sector, and helped run a successful political campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Faith and family
If Lawson is looking for a family man, she may find one in Young.
A peek at his social media accounts shows plenty of photos of his mom, Carla, and siblings.
"The thing I’m most proud of is my little brothers. I want to be a role model for them and show them the right way."Josh Young, "Bachelorette" star and Bethlehem native
The oldest of three boys, Young appears to serve as a father figure to his younger brothers, Jake and Joe. The two are also celebrated local athletes who made names for themselves at Freedom.
When he was 6, Young's father died in car accident while on the way to visit Young's grandmother.
“The thing I’m most proud of is my little brothers. I want to be a role model for them and show them the right way,” Young told his college newspaper in 2017. “That’s always how I’ve tried to live my life. My mom taught me that.”
In the same interview, Young said his mother spent countless hours driving her three sons to sports practices, games and other school events.
“She’s my hero, the most loving person I know,” he said. “She’s poured her entire life into ours. And she’s always happy.”
Josh Young still serves as a volunteer wrestling coach at Freedom High.
He is also described as a strong believer in his faith who led the Diplomat Christian Fellowship in college and attends church weekly.