Oct. 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State synchronized swimming team is well on the way to achieving its goal to “Give Back a Day” this season. Last Saturday members of the team participated in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes.

“When tragedy hits a family, it is often hard to find comfort in any aspect of life,” Katie Spada, a freshman on the team, said. “Trying to cope with my brother’s diagnosis of lymphoma two years ago was hard for my family, but thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, we were able to have some relief from the stresses of his illness and enjoy some family time.”

The 1.5 mile walk led the team through the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as they raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to fulfill the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical issues. All funds raised by the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region stay in the area to grant more than 900 wishes annually.

“The Make-A-Wish foundation is a wonderful organization that helps families through the toughest of times and makes it more bearable,” Spada said. “It truly was an honor and a privilege to be able to cheer on the participants of this year’s one-mile walk. It was heartwarming to see such a wonderful turnout in support of Make-A-Wish. Thanks to events like the one at the Columbus Zoo, Make-A-Wish is able to continue to grant wishes each year to many deserving families and I was so excited my team and I were able to help with this year’s event.”

All members of the synchronized swimming team have set a goal to “Give Back a Day” this season. With this initiative, they are all challenging themselves to participate in at least 24 hours of community service individually or 600 hours for the team during the school year. Less than a month into the year the Buckeyes have already given back 90 hours and are well on their way toward reaching that goal.

For more information on Make-A-Wish Ohio please visit the association’s website at