Oct. 25, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to closing out the fall ball schedule with three tough games at Maryland, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team had a full slate of activities in the community last week. The Buckeyes participated in the CJD Memorial Fall Classic and the Second Annual Ohio Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival, in addition to adding a member to the team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

On Oct. 15, members of the women’s lacrosse team facilitated face painting and coloring stations for children at the inaugural CJD Memorial Fall Classic, a three-game exhibition event hosted by the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team involving men’s squads from Ohio State, Canisius and Ohio Wesleyan.

The CJD Memorial Fall Classic honored the life of and lives saved by Colleen J. Dobbins, the daughter of Ohio State assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife, Erin. Colleen passed away suddenly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital March 24, 2011, at 5 ½ months old. With the help of Lifeline of Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Colleen became an organ donor and saved the lives of two other children.

The following day, women’s and men’s lacrosse team members joined in the Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival, a three-hour event for youth and high school boys and girls which featured skills competitions and clinics, as well as raffle, prizes, giveaways, vendors, food, music and a dunk tank. Lacrosse the Nations strives to unify “the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need.”

Last, but certainly not least, the Buckeyes welcomed Katie Selbe to the program in a team ceremony Oct. 18 through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.

A Columbus native, Katie had a brain tumor removed just over a year ago after it was discovered in a doctor’s visit for severe headaches and nausea. Removed immediately in a seven-hour surgery, the tumor was a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, or a rare childhood brain tumor which often is benign. This proved to be true and after 12 days in the hospital and one additional surgery, Katie returned home and was quickly “back to normal” following several sessions of outpatient physical therapy.

A year later, MRI scans remain clean and Katie appears to be free of physical complications or cognitive deficits.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s soccer teams also adopted team members this Fall, joining the men’s lacrosse and baseball teams as OSU squads actively involved with FOJ. The softball team is a part of the program, too, and has adopted the sister of a child with brain tumors as part of the FOJ’s Safe on the Sidelines Program for siblings. Other teams currently are in the placement process.