May 10, 2022

Buckeyes Mourn Loss of Former Captain Amy Graeff


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer program mourns the loss of one its own as former captain Amy Graeff Van Culin passed away last week following her battle with lymphoma.

Amy was a four-year letter winner from 2005-08 and served as a team captain in 2008. She played in 44 games with 14 starts. She was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who earned her degree in psychology as well as minors in women’s studies and legal foundations.

“It was my honor to be Amy’s coach and play a part in her development,” said head coach Lori Walker-Hock. “Amy was the model of hard work, personal growth and the commitment to excellence in her four years as a Buckeye. Amy was a fighter with the strongest character. She was both loved and respected by all her teammates. We are all in shock by the loss of such a beautiful young mother, wife, daughter, friend, lawyer, captain and forever Buckeye. We all love and miss you, Amy!”

Following her time as a Buckeye, Amy earned her law degree from Capital University and practiced law in the Columbus area. Her and her husband Todd have two beautiful young children, Kylie and David.

Upon her diagnosis, Amy’s friends, family and former teammates rallied together and started Amy’s Army to provide both financial and emotional support for Amy as she battled the disease. One of those members was former teammate Emily Francis Kaplan.

“Amy was the most selfless, determined and kind person I’ve ever known on or off the pitch,” Francis Kaplan said. “Not only was she the epitome of what it means to be a good teammate, but I was fortunate enough to see her become an incredible mother and wife and will forever call her my friend. Amy made a positive impact on everyone she met, and she will always hold a special place in the hearts of our Buckeye family.”

Cassie Dickerson played alongside Amy in 2008 and she too felt Amy’s influence.

“Amy was the epitome of a Buckeye,” said Dickerson. “The most gritty, selfless, caring person who gave her all in everything she did. She was just as witty as she was kind, with the uncanny ability to hold you sternly accountable in the most supportive way possible. No one out worked Amy Graeff. She had so much tenacity and fire. If only we all loved the game and others the way she did. A true captain, teammate and friend. We were all better players to have laced up alongside her and all better women to have known her.”

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 13, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection (6300 E Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054.) A celebration of life will follow mass with lunch provided. OBITUARY

To read more about Amy’s battle and journey over the last two and a half years, CLICK HERE to visit her CaringBridge page.

Ashley Bowyer Schaus, Cassie Dickerson, Amy Graeff Van Culin