Dear Ohio State Cheerleading …

I would like to congratulate you on your win at the Rose Bowl. I felt that I should write you to say Thank You. My family was sitting at the Rose Parade including our medically disabled daughter. Your float went by with all of the cheerleaders and one of your male cheerleaders stepped off of the float and came up to my daughter sitting in her wheel chair and gave her a red rose. That was such a nice thing for you to do and it truly made her day. She is a fragile little girl. She has had a total of 69 operations in her 15 years of life including a 6 organ transplant. She has 2 older sisters who were cheerleaders in high school and one of them instructs for USA. All my daughter Emily has ever wanted is to be a cheerleader. Since that New Years Day getting the red rose from a cheerleader is all she talks about. I’m sure the gentleman who gave it to her did not know what an impact he made. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting a smile on my Emily. May your team have a happy and successful year.

I am glad we won the game; regardless, one could not help but notice that Ohio State brought class, tradition and pride to the Rose Bowl. The marching band was in pristine attire, playing with passion. The cheerleaders, in red halter tops and skirts, were smiling, cheering and looking adorable. Ohio State brought “it” to Pasadena, ready to face the nation.

OSU’s representation of students, athletes and fans makes me proud to be a Buckeye! Stay classy, Columbus.