COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team spent countless hours practicing and working to be the best women’s ice hockey team in the country, the team also found time to give back to the community. Those efforts have been recognized and rewarded as the team was named the Athletes for Hope University team of the month for February, AFH U officials announced on Monday.
The women on the team took part in monthly visits to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they participated in evening activities geared toward improving the hospital experience for patients. The team accumulated almost 50 hours of service during the season.
“The team loves being able to give back to our community with stops like this,” co-captain Erin Langermeier said. “You don’t always think about the stuff like this when you’re playing sports and about to be a student-athlete, but getting to have a positive impact on others is something I and the team never take lightly.”
The mission of Athletes for Hope University is to promote social change through the volunteerism and charity of college athletes.
AFH University (AFH U) is an initiative launched in August 2013 that serves student-athletes in a similar manner in which AFH helps professional and Olympic athletes. AFH U brings AFH to college campuses to conduct life skills workshops for University teams, engaging student-athletes and coaches in discussions about the importance of community service, the causes they care about, and creative ways to use the power of sport and their unique platform as athletes to positively impact their community.