This year, the Ohio State Department of Athletics has kicked off a new program to offer Buckeye student-athletes an opportunity for personal growth outside of their sport. The two areas of focus for the inaugural year of ‘Sundays in the Shoe’ are healthy relationships and financial literacy.
After gathering feedback from coaches and student-athletes, we thought Sunday evenings could be a great opportunity to gather the student-athletes in an interactive and casual environment. There are so many great meeting spots on campus, but nowhere better than Ohio Stadium. This spot is a convenient and cool place to gather and learn – and that is the way Sundays in the Shoe came to be.
– Carey Fagan, Assistant Athletics Director for Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being
In an effort to develop and nurture the leadership skills necessary for achievement on and off the playing field, the Ohio State Department of Athletics initiated the Wolstein Leadership Academy, comprised of approximately 60 Ohio State student-athletes selected to participate in the development program based on recommendations from coaches.
I thought it was interesting how Ohio State Athletics is comprised of so many different teams and student-athletes, yet a lot of us never have the opportunity to get to know each other. To be put in an environment where I didn’t know many people at first, but at the end of the day felt like I have known everyone forever was a lot of fun. We could feel comfortable to be ourselves and talk on the same level as others who are students and athletes.
– Andrea Kacsits, Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Alumna