Sept. 19, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For 15 years, the Connor Senn Memorial Game has helped raise awareness for the fight against sudden cardiac arrest. On Wednesday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will take on Valparaiso at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and will present a check for $15,000 to be donated to the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.
“I want to personally thank our friends and partners at the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute for helping us to continue to honor Connor, and to continue to fight the battle against SCD,” head coach John Bluem said. “I would also like to recognize our fans who have supported this game and cause for the last 15 years, their generosity has been amazing.”
The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. Cash donations to the fund will be accepted at the entrance of JOMS.
On Sept. 26, 2001, Connor Senn, a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during the Buckeyes’ game at Akron and died that evening from a congenital heart defect, a condition virtually undetectable a decade ago. The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was quickly established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team, with it expanding over the last decade to subsidize a fully-endowed scholarship at Ohio State and now to begin an educational symposium on sudden cardiac arrest.
Within the Ohio State squad, Senn’s memory lives on among players who were just in grade school 15 years ago and never knew the source of inspiration behind so much of what they play for. His No. 22 locker remains empty, untouched and locked, and in the corner of the locker room hangs the chair from a teammate’s house he would often sit in to play the guitar, covered in messages written by members of the 2001 team. The team’s mantra, “Play Like Connor Today,” remains prominently displayed and has since carried the Buckeyes to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and a combined six Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles in the last decade.
The match has been the primary source of financial support for the Memorial Fund, but now is part of a much larger event. Announced in 2011, the Connor Senn Memorial Fund board has formed a partnership with the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute to create The Connor Senn Memorial Symposium on Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Click here for more info.