Buckeyes donate time, funds to numerous organizations

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When student-athletes come to The Ohio State University, they quickly learn that their reach goes far beyond the classroom, fields and arenas. In addition to classes and practices, the Buckeyes also are involved with the Columbus community – and it’s a responsibility they take seriously.

Ohio State student-athletes combined for an impressive 6,883 service hours during the 2009-10 season. Working with more than 64 different organizations, the student-athletes surpassed the 2008-09 total by 355 hours.

With nearly every varsity sport clocking service hours, the men’s track and field team led the way with 905 hours, followed closely the by cheerleading squad who notched 873. The two teams also posted the most hours per athlete with 15.1 and 17.1, respectively.

The football team, who ranked third among the 36 Ohio State teams with 642.5 hours, visited over 46 local schools through organizations such as the 2nd and 7 Foundation. 

Eight additional teams also notched over 200 hours, including men’s lacrosse (641), fencing (485), rowing (360.3), women’s lacrosse (326.5), women’s ice hockey (287.5), wrestling (244), women’s soccer (215.8) and women’s track and field (203).

In addition to simply donating their time, student-athletes also came together to raise funds for various organizations. Hosted by the men’s soccer team, the ninth-annual Connor Senn Memorial Game helped to bring the scholarship fund to over $170,000, while the softball team’s 2009 edition of the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic raised $20,359 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund.

Wrapping up the spring slate on a high note, athletes from the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s volleyball, softball, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, wrestling, football and cheerleading teams raised over $9,700 for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus at the annual “Buckeyes Got Talent” in May.

Hoping to capitalize on the success of last season, student-athletes are already getting a jump on their 2010-11 involvement, participating in events such as Operation Alive Day and the Central Ohio Youth Festival during the summer months.

In addition to the various schools and hospitals visited, student-athletes also volunteered with the following organizations and events during the 2009-10 season:

11th Avenue Clean Up 
2nd and 7 Foundation
4Paws 4 Disability
A Kid Again
After School Stars
Athletes in Action
Boy Scouts
Boys and Girls Club of Columbus
Buckeyethon Dance 
Campus Street Cleaning
Children’s Hunger Alliance
Columbus Reads
Connor Senn Memorial Fund
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Friends of Jaclyn
Girl Scouts
Governor’s Council on Children with Disabilities
Habitat for Humanity
Haiti Relief Health Kits
Hemophilia Walk
Holy Family Soup Kitchen
Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally
Honor Flight Reunion
Hope Street Kids
Jack McGetrick Foundation
Joe Torrens Memorial Fundraiser
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk
LiFE Sports
LifeCare Alliance
Light the Night Walk for Leukemia
Making Strides Against Cancer
March of Dimes Walk
Martin Luther King Day OSU Service projects
Michael Robert Breschi Memorial Scholarship fund
Mid Ohio Food Band
Multiple Sclerosis Walk
New Albany Hometown Heroes
Ohio Regional Training Center
Ohio Wheelchair Games
Oktoberfest 4miler
Olentangy Wetlands Clean Up 
Operation Buckeye
Pancakes for Parkinson’s Disease
Project Mentor
Race for the Cure
Ray Mendoza Run
Read Across America
Red Ribbon Week
Ronald McDonald House
Safe on the Sidelines
Shop with the Sheriff
Special Olympics
Sportsmanship Council
Stefanie Spielman Fund
Stefanie Spielman Walk
Tutoring at Fifth Avenue Elementary School
United Cerebral Palsy Football Competition
Uplifting Athletes
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Westside Boys and Girls Club
Women in Sports Day