Nov. 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program has been active in the community this fall, volunteering nearly 270 hours.
“It’s amazing how invested the team is when it comes to giving back and serving in the community,” Madison Reid, the Buckeyes’ director of special events who oversees community service, said. “The men really enjoy having the opportunity to make a difference, big or small.”
The Buckeyes’ efforts have impacted a number of areas, from local youth, to veterans, to hospitals, as the program has worked with seven organizations.
Among the Buckeyes’ community service efforts this fall:
• 2nd and 7 Foundation, reading to second graders at schools around Columbus
• Ronald McDonald House, helping the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with house projects, both big and small, including organizing the Christmas closet, tidying up the large common kitchen area and building shelving units
• Nationwide Children’s, volunteering at the Slice of Columbus pizza festival, a fundraiser that raised money for The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s
• Adopt-A-Block, spending time at a block party for the community of Linden, a suburb with the highest crime and violence rate in Columbus area. The Buckeyes hung out with children and their families, played corn hole and football, painted faces and served lunch while serving as positive role models for the youth
• After-School All-Stars, serving as role models while playing sports at the after school program for at-risk youth
• Ambulatory Care Center, taking the time to thank the residents at the care center specifically for veterans. The Buckeyes were humbled hearing the challenging and rewarding stories.
• Special Olympics, volunteering to help run the swim meet and cheering on the athletes
The Buckeyes will hit the field for their competition season in January, while at the same time the team will continue to also focus on its work with the community.