Sept. 20, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Players and coaches form the Ohio State and Rutgers men’s soccer team worked together Sunday morning in the Buckeyes’ seventh annual Kids Kicking Cancer Clinic on the indoor turf field at the Woody Hayes Athletic. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights played a Big Ten match Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The skills clinic is hosted by Kids Kicking Cancer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and the men’s soccer teams at Ohio State and Rutgers. Participants also had an opportunity to tour campus and attend the men’s soccer game where they formed a rally line.
“It means a lot to me to participate in this event. To see the Rutgers guys out there and see how close the Big Ten is, it’s a great feeling working together.” — Abdi Mohamed, sophomore midfielder
“That was the highlight of our day, even after we were able to get a win. We know these kids have gone through a tough time and it’s great for them to enjoy the game of soccer with us.” — Danny Jensen, senior forward
“I love the Big Ten conference and it’s great to see teams working together to give back to the community. These kids have been through a lot. It’s a great feeling to give up our time and give them a day to remember.” — Christian Soldat, senior forward
About Kids Kicking Cancer
Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. The program offers a series of free athletic skills clinics in basketball, soccer, golf, tennis and swimming – all of which include lunch and are provided at no cost to participants or their families. Kids Kicking Cancer also offers dietary interventions and exercise programs to encourage year-round fitness at home, and activities for children receiving inpatient care at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Through these efforts, the program helps to counter potentially adverse or latent conditions that can occur in children who have had cancer, such as second occurrences and obesity.