May 10, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the Jerome Schottenstein Center hosted the second annual Schott-A-Thon which raised $18,000 for Adventures for Wish Kids April 29 in the practice gym at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Eighty shooters came out to participate and raised $18,000 all of which went directly to Adventures for Wish Kids, marking AFWK’s most successful fundraiser this year. Participants of the Schott-A-Thon got pledges for the number of foul-shots made in 10 minutes of shooting.

The shooter with the highest score and individual dollars collected was Rick Boyages of Ohio State. Boyages made 204 baskets in 10 minutes to raise $1,430 for AFWK.

Some of the best individual fundraisers were Wyatt Rickenbacker, a 5-year-old from Powell, Ohio, who made 44 baskets to raise $872; Thomas Nolan, an 11-year-old from Gahanna, Ohio and a second year veteran of the Schott-a-thon, who made 125 baskets to raise $650; and Jennifer Walton, of Air Chef, who made 93 baskets and raised $947.93.

Adventures for Wish Kids is a local not-for-profit organization which provides fun-filled activities for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The adventures take children to places like Paramount’s Kings Island, The Columbus Zoo, Columbus Crew games, Columbus Blue Jackets games, an Ohio State Father/Son Basketball Clinic, a Mother/Daughter Pampering at Charles Penzone’s Grand Salons and much more.

Throughout the day there were guest appearances by local celebrities, mascot Brutus Buckeye, Ohio State student-athletes, Columbus Blue Jackets mascot Stinger and Columbus Destroyers mascot Bruiser.

Sponsors for the event include 1460 The Fan, 97.1 More Music, The Buckeye Corner, Coca-Cola, Barbasol, Kellogg’s Snacks and USBank.