Senior Women’s Gymnastics student-athlete Claire Gagliardi on what the Ohio State Day of Giving means to her:
I come from a small town called Hubbard, Ohio. I was originally born at Riverside Hospital and would have grown up in Columbus had it not been for my open-heart surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital when I was 11 days old. It wasn’t until after my surgery that my family and I moved to Hubbard to be closer to family to help with my recovery. I lived in Hubbard my whole life, but with the help of a full scholarship for gymnastics here at OSU, I was able to come full circle and return to Columbus for my collegiate career as an athlete and a student.
I am a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in American Sign Language. I hope to become a mental health counselor within schools someday. Throughout my life, I have developed three core values that I hold myself to daily – family, faith, and outstanding work ethic/resiliency.
I chose to be a Buckeye for many reasons – among them being the beautiful campus, the stellar women’s gymnastics program, and Ohio State’s fun and energetic football games. During my tour I remember being able to fully visualize myself walking the campus as a student and I completely fell in love with Thompson Library. The women’s gymnastics program offered a team atmosphere where teammates truly cheer and want the best for you, and where each person on the team can count on one another to have the other’s back in any situation in life.
I am beyond grateful to have received a scholarship here at Ohio State. Receiving a scholarship has helped me to realize that all the hard work I put into my gymnastics throughout my life has paid off. Earning a scholarship has also boosted my self-confidence in not only gymnastics, but in academics and simply life in general.
The donors who allow me to receive this scholarship gave me an incredible opportunity to receive both a collegiate athletic experience and a world-class education. I feel so grateful and blessed beyond words. Because of their generosity, I have had unforgettable experiences within my sport and have found a career path that I am very excited about. To those who made all of this possible – and to those who will make it possible for Buckeyes to come – thank you, thank you, thank you!