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Buckeye student-athletes will lead camp activities, Coach Tressel and Brutus to visit with National Guard families at noon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University will host a day-long camp for Ohio’s Military Families called the “Operation: Military Kids Hero Camp” Tuesday, July 27, sponsored by the OSU Department of Athletics, Ohio State University Extension, its Ohio 4-H program and the Ohio National Guard.

The camp is designed as a fun day for the children to learn about living a healthy, active lifestyle while the parents attend a STRONG Family Workshop session at the university’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Fred Taylor Drive. The workshop will cover family wellness (nutrition, emotional and physical health) among other topics.

Children registered for the event (about 65 total, ages 5-12) will attend activity sessions on the Buckeye outdoor football practice fields at the Harmon Family Football Park led by Ohio State student-athletes from the soccer, lacrosse and track teams. Groups also will go on tours of the Les Wexner Football Complex in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will visit with the families as parents join their kids for a lunch break from 12-12:50 p.m. at the WHAC. Brutus Buckeye and the Ohio State cheerleaders also will be in attendance to interact and take photos.

In the afternoon, along with the continuing activity sessions, the children will get a tour of Ohio Stadium before joining their parents at the 4-H Center for a wellness and nutrition presentation by the Ohio National Guard.

Ohio National Guard Lt. Col. Robert Bramlish, the Family Program Director for the state, will be in attendance throughout the event and will serve as the Guard’s official spokesperson. Interviews with Guard members also may be arranged.

Operation: Military Kids Hero Camp Schedule of Events – Tuesday, July 27
8:45 a.m. – Families begin arriving at the university’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
9:30 a.m. – Children move to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center (WHAC) and are welcomed to campus
10 a.m. – Activity sessions begin on the outdoor football practice fields at the Harmon Family Football Park. Sessions will each be 50 minutes long with 10 minutes between for transition.
12-12:50 p.m. – Lunch at the WHAC with visits by OSU football coach Jim Tressel, Brutus Buckeye and Ohio State cheerleaders
1 p.m. – Activity sessions resume
3:10-4 p.m. – Tour of Ohio Stadium for the children
4:15 p.m. – Children return to 4-H Center for wellness and nutrition session led by the Ohio National Guard
5 p.m. – Hero Camp concludes