Ohio State and Columbus State partner to welcome over 3,100 sixth-graders Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and Columbus State partnered to host 2009 Columbus City Schools Baseball Day Tuesday on the Ohio State campus. More than 3,100 sixth-graders from 30 different schools attended an education pep rally in the morning at Value City Arena and then went across to Bill Davis Stadium where they watched several innings of the Buckeyes vs. Eastern Michigan.

It was the fifth year Ohio State hosted CCS Baseball Day. The program is designed to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school. It is one of many collaborations between Ohio State and Columbus City Schools.

Following performances by the Ohio State pep band and cheerleaders and video greetings by the Buckeye baseball team to welcome each school, the program began at 10:30 a.m. when CPT Brad Marsh and CPT Doug Hoyt of Ohio State’s Army ROTC rappelled from the ceiling into the arena and welcomed the students.

Staff from COSI then entertained the crowd with science experiments. Student-athletes from Columbus State spoke about staying in school and working hard, followed by Columbus State’s mathematics chairperson hosting a mini quiz show on how music relates to math.

Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris also introduced the district’s newest inductees into Ohio State’s Young Scholars Program, a statewide initiative to prepare students from underserved urban school districts for college.
Before the game, students enjoyed lunch at Bill Davis Stadium, courtesy of Children’s Hunger Alliance. Students threw out the first pitch and the band from Yorktown performed the national anthem.