May 1, 2017

Buckeye Student-Athletes Go International 2017


May 1, 2017

Columbus, Ohio — Following their competition schedules of the 2016-2017 academic calendar, 32 Ohio State student-athletes will travel abroad as part of Buckeyes Go International, SASSO and the Department of Athletics’ initiative to provide international experiences through education abroad and service-learning.

Overall the group is comprised of 24 unique varsity programs, traveling to eight countries. Buckeyes will update friends, family, and fans on their experiences overseas this summer through unique blog entries to be posted at a later date. Here is a list of participating student-athletes:


Gabriel Domecus (MVB) — Environment & Natural Resources: Iceland

Kaitlyn Hofland (WGY) — Psychology and Culture in Europe: England, Italy

Sasha Larocque (MIH) — Environment & Natural Resources: Iceland

Mark Matheny (XRI) — Global May Britain

Lauren Sherry (WLA) — Oxford University Pre-Law

Liz Tamburro (WFH) — Global Hot Spots: Argentina

John Meyer Williams (MGY) — Global May Britain

Michaela Wilson (Spirit) — Sustaining Human Societies & Environments: New Zealand

Buckeyes will participate in short-term education abroad programs offered through the Office of International Affairs. More information on those programs can be found on


Darcy Taig (MVB); Kerrigan Vargo (WSW)

Coach for College is a service-learning program that brings together US student-athletes and Vietnamese university students to teach academics, sports, and life skills at summer camps to disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam. More information can be found on 

Dante Booker (MFB); Mark Belanger (MSW); JT Barrett (MFB); Lauren Carroll (WFH); Natalia Falkowski (WFE); Alexa Hart (WBB); Nate Kohl (MSO); Sean Melton (MGY); Lauren Spring (WIH); Nikki Walts (WSO); Ashley Wenz (WVB)

11 Buckeyes are headed to Ecuador from May 10-17 in partnership with Soles4Souls, where they will provide shoes to those in need at local schools and communities throughout the country. This will be Ohio State’s fourth trip with S4S, a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. Previous trips include Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Bolivia. More information on Soles4Souls can be found at 

Elizabeth Auckley (WSW); Luke Buckley (MLA); Drew Cheezum (XRI); Hannah Gantt (WLA); Elizabeth Hernandez (WSY); Seth Kinker (MBA); Alice Riley (WCW); Niki Schroeder (WGO); DaJuan Seward (MTR); Matt Weis (MIH)

10 Buckeyes are headed to Thailand from August 7-15 in partnership with Global Vision International (GVI), where they will engage in sports-related and life skills activities with local youth in the Phang Nga province. GVI is dedicated to providing high quality and high impact life-changing experiences worldwide; more information can be found at