Feb. 26, 2018
Former field hockey player and 2018 Bucks Go Pro intern, Maddy Humphrey returns with Humphrey Highlights covering other student-athletes. The return begins with women’s ice hockey player, Lauren Spring, highlighting her recent selection of the Hockey Humanitarian award.
Lauren Spring has been selected to represent the Buckeyes as one of college hockey’s finest citizens as a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Foundation Award. She is a senior from Kelowna, British Columbia and is majoring in Education, specifically Physical Education and Health Education.
Being a college athlete is a privilege because when they walk on campus they become a role model to so many young athletes all over. The Hockey Humanitarian award recognizes the skill on-the-ice, but what gets student-athletes in the top 5, like Spring, is their off-the-ice character and actions. Spring and the other top 5 finalists use their limited free time worthily by volunteering in their neighboring community, going on mission trips abroad, and participating in honorable causes and events.
Last summer, Spring ventured to Ecuador to be a part of a Soles4Souls trip with other student-athletes at The Ohio State University. Soles4Souls, originated in Nashville, TN, is a non-profit organization that collects new and used shoes to donate to countries in poverty. Soles4Souls partners with student-athletes, church groups and other organizations wanting to travel to these countries to help distribute shoes to people in need. Spring traveled to Ecuador last May with 10 other student-athletes. This opportunity is known to be an once-in-a-lifetime experience, for both the student-athletes and for the children and adults receiving the shoes.
“The Soles4Souls trip I was able to be a part of is something that will stick with me for a lifetime. It was a growing experience for myself as an individual where I was able to learn a lot about myself as a person. To be able to help these communities and children and see the smile it brought to their faces was so rewarding. I would love to be able to go back to Ecuador, or join the Soles4Souls organization for another opportunity.” Spring reflects on her Soles4Souls experience.
Columbus is a large city, which has given Spring rewarding community service opportunities throughout her time here. Since Spring wants to teach children once her ice hockey days are over, she has been student-teaching at Colonials Hills Elementary School. This past month, Spring organized an event and arranged her teammates on the Women’s Ice Hockey team to go to the school play floor hockey with the kids in the school gym. This event made a huge impact on the young children, especially the young girls. For young girls, seeing older and successful women student-athletes can be truly empowering for them and can positively impact the young girls in so many ways.
Earning Co-Captain honors as a senior, Spring has been an impactful player since day one of her freshman year campaign. Playing in all games throughout her career thus far, she has netted 15 goals and assisted 29 goals. This season has been historical for the Women’s Ice Hockey team, and in the last weekend of the regular season, the program surpassed their most wins in one season in program history. As one of the captains, Spring has held a strong leadership role in this victorious season. This past weekend the team punched its ticket to the WCHA Final Faceoff for the first time since 2013, and they will hopefully continue to make history.
“The team and girls are amazing, and I can’t say that enough. This year’s group of girls is something I would freeze time for. What we have within our locker room is something so special it’s hard to put into words, and the success we have been able to have so far is something that is so exciting. I really believe this team is going to continue to keep making history.” Spring expresses her excitement about this year’s historic season.
Spring has embodied the true role of a student-athlete over her time here at The Ohio State University and this is why she has been selected to be one of the top 5 finalists by the Hockey Humanitarian Foundation.
“If I can give one piece of advice to our young fans and students it would be to be true to yourself, enjoy the moments life has to offer and dream big. Setting goals and having aspirations in life is something that can set you apart from others and allow you to accomplish the things you dream about going.” Spring concludes with wise words to her youthful fan base.