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Women’s tennis raises funds, awareness for breast cancer

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Returning from winter break, Ohio State student-athletes wasted no time getting back to action in the classroom and the Columbus community. Recording 458 service hours, 13 teams found time to give back in January.

Hosting a clinic which benefited the Finish Hard Foundation and former Buckeye assistant coach Dennis Stewart, the men’s lacrosse team compiled the most hours in January with 179. Members of the squad also visited JJ Snider, who was adopted by the team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, at his doctor appointment.

Ohio State student-athletes total more than 3,971 service hours for the 2010-11 school year.

JANUARY STANDOUT SERVICE

The Ohio State women’s tennis team opened its season with wins on the court and in the community. The squad began the 2011 campaign with a doubleheader Jan. 23 as part of “Buckeyes Go Pink,” a fundraiser for the Stefanie Spielman Fund.

The doubleheader against instate foes Cincinnati and Cleveland State drew more than 370 fans to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center Sunday. Between sponsored tables, a raffle and donations, $445 was raised for the Spielman Fund.

Ohio State alumna Stefanie Spielman and her husband, former OSU football player Chris Spielman, have helped raise more than $7.9 million to support breast cancer patients and research and participated in countless events raising awareness of breast cancer to all audiences, including Ohio State students. In November 2009, Stefanie passed away after a decade-long battle with breast cancer, leaving us with some final thoughts: Continue to Fight.

BUCKEYE SERVICE BITS
•    The women’s gymnastics team had 15 of its members take part in the MLK Day of Service. 
•    Embracing the motto “Give a Day of Your Life,” the synchronized swimming team recorded 148 hours of community service with more than eight different organizations during the 2010 autumn quarter.
•    The women’s ice hockey squad had 19 of its student-athletes support the Heinzerling Foundation.
•    The men’s track and field team continued its work mentoring students at Fifth Avenue Elementary. In the fall, junior Taylor Williams recorded 20 service hours as a volunteer mentor, with the entire squad racking up 536 hours.

For more information on the events and organizations mentioned above, please visit the following Web sites:
Finish Hard Foundation: www.finishhardfoundation.org
Friends of Jaclyn Foundation: www.friendsofjaclyn.org
Heinzerling Foundation: www.heinzerling.org
Stefanie Spielman Fund: www.spielmanfund.com 

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