May 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team was well-represented among the over 40,000 people who participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last Saturday in downtown Columbus. Among the Buckeye contingent was Annie Gillig, Katy Luchansky, Sara Craft, Rachael Dzierzak, Annelise Sprau, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Taylor Vargo and Ashley Vance.
The Race for the Cure is the just the latest example of the Buckeyes embodying the “Pay it Forward” theme that is prevalent amongst student-athletes, coaches and staff within the department. The opportunity to participate in the event was brought forward by the Varsity O Alumni Association, which paid he entrance fee for a number of student-athletes throughout campus.
“It is important for us, both as a team and as a part of women’s athletics as a whole, to support such a worthy cause,” said assistant coach Jordan Wolfrum. “Almost all of us are touched by cancer at some point in our lives, and this gave the Buckeyes an opportunity to join the Columbus community in helping to put an end to breast cancer.
“We are very grateful to Varsity O for supporting this cause and bringing the Buckeye community together to take part in this event.”
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1993. Since then, it has raised more than $25 million; $13 million of that has been granted to support local programs while $5 million has supported global research. Seventy-five percent of all contributions received remain in central and southeastern Ohio and the remaining 25 percent funds scientific research at the global level.
In addition to participating in the Race for the Cure, Buckeye swimmers also spent time last Friday reading and distributing books to elementary school students through the Second and Seven Foundation, an organization founded by former football players Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Ryan Miller.
“Ohio State swimming is proud to pay it forward and lend support to the community that supports us,” said Wolfrum. “We understand that we are a part of something very special here at McCorkle Pool, but that we are a part of something so much bigger as a part of Buckeye athletics, The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus.”