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Football team packs 826 boxes at Mid-Ohio Foodbank

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Despite finals and winter break, Ohio State student-athletes were still able to spread some holiday cheer to the Columbus community in December. Totaling 878 service hours, student-athletes from 17 teams volunteered their time during the month.

Combining for over half of the recorded hours, the spirit squad and football team clocked 226 and 216 hours, respectively. In addition to a toy drive and school visit, the spirit squad recorded 210 of its hours through the “Shop with the Sheriff” program.

Ohio State student-athletes will enter the New Year with over 3,483 service hours through four months – already more than half of the 2009-10 total.

DECEMBER STANDOUT SERVICE

Enjoying a break from practice, the Ohio State football team worked together Dec. 15 to tackle one of its biggest competitors to date – hunger.

Teaming with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the Sugar Bowl champs helped sort and pack 826 boxes of food at its Grove City headquarters to be sent out to local families in need. Containing holiday staples such as stuffing mix and potatoes, each package contained enough food to feed a family of four for up to four days.

“Giving back to the community is something Coach Tressel always emphasizes,” Bryant Browning, senior offensive lineman, said. “When you play for Ohio State you are blessed with a lot. Having a chance to give back and really help out the community and help the people who support us is really great. Times are tough, so being able to pay it back really means a lot.”

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BUCKEYE SERVICE BITS

  • The Ohio State athletic department staff and student-athletes combined to send 3,700 holiday cards to U.S. service members, their families and veterans through the American Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. The women’s hockey team contributed the most cards with 725.
  • Members of the men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, synchronized swimming and wrestling teams participated in the Project Mentor program.
  • Student-athletes from the men’s tennis team supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • In addition to volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 113 members of the football team also visited patients the Ohio State Medical Center.
  • The men’s golf team raised $200 for needy families.

For more information on the events and organizations mentioned above, please visit the following Web sites:

American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Make-A-Wish Foundation: www.wish.org
Mid-Ohio Foodbank: www.midohiofoodbank.org 
Ohio State Medical Center: www.medicalcenter.osu.edu 
Project Mentor: www.projectmentorcolumbus.org

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