July 13, 2016
CREDIT: BTN.com – July 11, 2016
When it comes to the Big Ten, summer is less about kicking back on the beach and more about giving back.
Athletes, coaches and alums from schools like Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers often spend the summer teaching youth campers how to replicate the skills they’ve learned over the years.
In other cases, Big Ten schools let their work off the field make the difference as they teach kids to hone their conflict resolution skills or go to work in communities wracked by crime and income inequality.
For these men and women, living BIG expands on the concept of teamwork and creates an impact that lasts long after the season is over.
Watch and read some of our favorite stories about those who look beyond themselves during the summer months.
LiFE Sports camp opens kids eyes
LiFE Sports is an annual four-week camp for kids ages 9-18 held on campus in Columbus, Ohio. It’s free for the 650 kids in attendance, and Monday’s Career Day opened the eyes of the attendees to more than just sports.
Students learned about potential career opportunities from OSU marching band assistant director Rick Shaffer, representatives of Cardinal Health, and former Buckeye athletes including former basketball team members Ron Stokes, currently a radio analyst, and Jason Singleton, who is now the university’s associate director of compliance, education and enforcement.
The camp, formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program when it was established in 1968, was once federally funded with the funds administered by the NCAA. But when Congress cut the NYSP from the budget in 2007, founding member Ohio State took it upon itself to keep the program running — at a cost of more than $250,000 annually. In 2012, OSU raised awareness for the camp with the LiFE Sports Spring Football Game. – See more at: BTN.com/livebig