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Jan. 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Athletes and coaches of the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team volunteered at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen in downtown Columbus, Ohio on December 29, 2004. While volunteering the squad and its coaching staff served food and bagged groceries for people in need. In all, 280 meals were served throughout the day.

Head coach Carey Fagan and her team wanted to begin a tradition of doing community service projects. After talking to members of the Ohio State Student Athlete Support Services Offices the team decided working a soup kitchen was an excellent idea.

“It was a really humbling experience for us and the people we helped were very grateful,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “You think you know what a soup kitchen is like and you think you know what to expect, but it’s still shocking when you see it, especially the families. It’s really an eye-opening experience. The girls really enjoyed it and we are planning on doing more projects like that in the future.”

Working at the soup kitchen was an enjoyable experience and the team now has its sights set on their next project currently in the works – doing gymnastics activities at an autistic children’s center.

The Buckeyes will open their 2005 season at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in a tri-meet against No. 7 Michigan, Minnesota and Maryland at St. John Arena.