Sept. 20, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team volunteered with United Way of Central Columbus Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Intergenerational Day Care Center, a new initiative by Ohio State to redefine high quality care for older adults and children in Central Ohio.

The Buckeyes joined 300 other volunteers to transform the playground and yard of the Intergenerational Day Care Center in just six hours by building a children’s playground, nine adult fitness stations, benches, planter boxes and shade structures.

“To see all these people come together from many different parts of the community with the same goal of building a playground was one of the most inspiring events I’ve ever been a part of,” sophomore Rainey Hodgson said.

56 children from Columbus Early Learning Centers will move into the building for child care and 50 older adults will receive adult day care provided by National Church Residences Center for Senior Health each day at the Intergenerational Day Care Center. This center will feature purposeful intergenerational programming with a focus on improved quality of life.

“All of the volunteers had so much passion and energy to build a playground in only six hours and it became an achievable goal,” Hodgson said. “The finished product brought so much humble satisfaction and will bring happiness to many people in the community.”

For more information on the Intergenerational Day Care Center (240 N. Champion Avenue), follow this link.