June 28, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Notching the most service hours in a month this school year, Ohio State student-athletes from 15 different teams committed 1,239 hours to the Columbus community in May.

Accounting for more than half of the total time was the spirit squad who recorded an impressive 742 hours. Volunteering at 10 events throughout the month, the bulk of the squad’s hours occurred at the Kolman Flash Mob where 22 student-athletes participated.

After their performance in May and throughout the year, the Buckeyes will close the 2010-11 school year with 6,810 service hours recorded.

Despite weather conditions that would suggest a different season, the Ohio State Department of Athletics volunteered its time for some “spring cleaning” at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus May 4.

Breaking into groups that each took a three hour shift, 90 volunteers from the athletic department spent time away from the office to help garden, clean, wash linens, sort inventory, organize the library, stuff mailings, stain woodwork and serve families breakfast and lunch.

“I just can’t tell you what a difference today has made,” volunteer manager Heidi Drake said. “Even though it was hectic and we were moving people all around we got so much done. This partnership has really benefited Ronald McDonald House and our families here and will continue to benefit as we go forward. It’s just incredible the support we get from a group like this.”

•Members of the football, sprit squad, men’s basketball and women’s golf teams volunteered at a Make-A-Wish Foundation event.
•The women’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball teams were a part of “Dunk for the Cure.”
•The football team recorded 115 hours through organizations such as the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
•Student-athletes raised $11,400 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus at the Buckeyes Got Talent show.

For more information on the events and organizations mentioned above, please visit the following Web sites:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus:
Make-A-Wish Foundation:
Mid-Ohio Foodbank: