Aug. 8, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Each and every day, members of the armed forces show their support for Ohio State student-athletes. Looking for a way to show their own support and appreciation for members of the military, Buckeyes from the women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer and track and field teams came together July 31 to volunteer at the Ohio Operation: Military Kids Hero Camp and STRONG Family Workshop.

Held at various Ohio State athletic facilities, the camp provided children of service members with fun, hands-on instruction in soccer, lacrosse and track and field. While the children, ages 6 to 12, enjoyed numerous games and drills led by the student-athletes, their parents had an opportunity to attend workshops focusing on healthy lifestyle choices, communication and “GRIT” (growth, resilience, initiative and tenacity).

Both campers and their parents enjoyed tours of the Ohio State facilities along with a healthy lunch provided by Sodexo. Capping the day was a visit from Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer.

“Running the Hero Camp is one of the true highlights of our summer,” Mark Wilson, Buckeye Sports Camp director said. “Our student-athletes and staff consider it an honor and privilege to support these young campers and their military families. We appreciated head coach Urban Meyer speaking with the campers. His message of thanks and support represents the sentiments of the entire Department of Athletics.”

Administered through the Ohio 4-H Youth Development program, Ohio Operation: Military Kids began in April of 2005 as a support system for military youth impacted by deployment. For more information, visit: