April 21, 2020

Rowing Program Donates to Aid Mask Production

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State rowing program, known for its individual synchronized efforts to achieve a unified goal, has turned its efforts away from the water to help with the production of protective masks.

The Buckeyes have donated nearly 900 items to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to use as material to produce protective facial masks. The masks will be used to supply ODRC facilities across Ohio for both the incarcerated population and staff.

Items donated include polo shirts, thermal gear, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops and vests.

The items are collected at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus. A sewing program typically used to make uniforms now is being used for the production of the masks.

In addition to what has been donated by the rowing team, about 2,000 pink scarves from Ohio State football game day giveaways were recycled, cleaned and also used to make masks.