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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With 14 teams volunteering their time, Ohio State student-athletes notched 461 service hours in February. Contributing to organizations and events such as BuckeyeThon and the Ronald McDonald House, Buckeyes volunteered with 22 different organizations.

Clocking 107 hours, the women’s gymnastics team recorded the most hours during the month, with the spirit squad in second with 67.

To date, Buckeye athletes have compiled 4,504 service hours during the 2010-11 school year.

FEBRUARY STANDOUT SERVICE

When Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for the Ohio State synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall, she knew the fight ahead would be tougher than any competition in her storied synchronized swimming career. Stepping up to help with Kinney’s attack, fellow Buckeyes from the rowing team recently volunteered their time and efforts to raise more than $800 on her behalf.

Through donations from fans attending the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, members of the rowing team were able to contribute to Team Meghan, a foundation that was created to help Kinney and her family offset the costs of treatment.

This is not the first time the rowing team has stepped up to the plate for Team Meghan. In fact, the group also came up with the idea to raise money for the cause by selling Team Meghan wristbands.

“When our team heard about Meghan’s fight we all felt compelled to do something to help,” Erika Benford, a senior on the rowing team, said. “The idea of fundraising to help pay her medical bills was brought up and we thought the best way to do that would be to sell the wristbands.”

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BUCKEYE SERVICE BITS

  • Student-athletes from the baseball and men’s track and field teams supported the Special Olympics.
  • Members of the women’s golf, women’s soccer and spirit squads volunteered at the 2011 BuckeyeThon, a 17-hour dance marathon that generated $222,518.17 for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
  • In its inaugural Teddy Bear Toss, the men’s ice hockey team donated more than 500 teddy bears to the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.
  • Second grade classrooms around Columbus were visited by members of the baseball, men’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, synchronized swimming and football teams through the Second and Seven Foundation.

For more information on the events and organizations mentioned above, please visit the following Web sites:
BuckeyeThon: www.buckeyethon.osu.edu
Columbus Ronald McDonald House: www.rmhc-centralohio.org
Team Meghan: www.teammeghan.com
Second and Seven Foundation: www.secondandseven.com
Special Olympics Ohio: www.sooh.org

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