May 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team took part in a distribution of STX lacrosse sticks to the After-School All-Stars program Wednesday afternoon. The Buckeyes had previously received a U.S. Lacrosse Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Grant to serve and provide resources to support the introduction and development of lacrosse in underrepresented areas and have used the funds to help provide an upgrade for the After-School All-Stars over the past year.
“We are grateful for the U.S. Lacrosse grant and relationship our team has with After-School All-Stars,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We hope this new STX equipment sparks an interest in lacrosse amongst the After-School All-Stars and provides a foundation for these young people to grow on.”
Kelly Jones-Swenson, president of the Central Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, had been looking forward to seeing what the Buckeyes could provide with the funds from the grant.
“The Central Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse couldn’t have been more excited to see the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program awarded the USL Diversity and Inclusion grant,” Jones-Swenson said. “The entire team of coaches, administrators and athletes are undeniably committed to giving back to those less fortunate right here in Buckeye Country. The After-School All-Stars Program is just one example of this commitment in modeling and fostering social good in underprivileged communities while encouraging a lifelong love of the sport of lacrosse.”
The Buckeyes initially began by introducing the game of lacrosse to the After-School All-Stars, a program that serves five schools and 715 underprivileged students in Columbus. Many of the students had never played or even heard of lacrosse, but they grew to love the game over their visits with the team.
While the program already had lacrosse sticks, the Buckeyes recognized a severe need for new equipment. Wednesday afternoon, thanks to STX, the team helped deliver upgraded sticks so the After-School All-Stars can continue to improve on the game they have just recently grown to love.
Madison Reid, the Buckeyes’ director of events and community outreach coordinator, believes the relationship between the team and the After-School All-Stars has provided benefits to both groups.
“Going out to After-School All-Stars with the team over the past year has been a very humbling experience,” Reid added. “We are there to have fun and make a difference in the lives of these students, but in turn, these kids have left a huge impact on our lives too.”