COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team — rising seniors Sasha Larocque and Tommy Parran and rising sophomores Austin Pooley and Evan Moyse — joined with other Buckeye student-athletes for a Bucks Go Pro Road Trip to Indianapolis. The trip was part of the Bucks Go Pro student-athlete professional development program.
In Indy, the group took part in a number of different experiences. The first day included a visit to the NCAA headquarters, with a tour of the Hall of Champions before sessions on NCAA governance, championships and leadership development, followed by a stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and dinner with the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. On day two, the current Buckeyes visited Eli Lilly, a Fortune 500 company that employs more than 100 former Ohio State students, for a tour and information session, as well as a tour, meet and greet and conversations with staff at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Larocque, an earth sciences major from Calgary, Alberta, who was a 2018 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, appreciated the chance to prepare for life after hockey.
“It was a great experience to get out and network with professionals I otherwise likely would not have met with,” Larocque said. “We all learned a lot about preparing for work after sport and various ways we can market ourselves once that time comes. It was a good trip and a big thanks to Brian Boveington and Ohio State Athletics for setting it up.”
Pooley, a Dublin, Ohio, native and business administration major, was thankful for the chance to meet with different groups of people.
“The Bucks Go Pro road trip to Indianapolis was a great experience for me to learn from some very successful people working at the NCAA headquarters, Eli Lilly and Indy 500 race track,” Pooley said. “We were able to have dinner with Chris Ballard, the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, and hear his interesting life story. Overall, the road trip created a great opportunity for me to meet other student-athletes at Ohio State and network myself to some very successful people.”