COLUMBUS, Ohio – For his outstanding community service efforts, Tommy Parran, a senior defenseman on the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been selected one of five finalists for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation announced Tuesday.
The award is presented annually to a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community at large through leadership in volunteerism. The 2019 recipient will be revealed at a ceremony April 12 during NCAA Men’s Frozen Four weekend in Buffalo.
Parran was one of 17 nominees for the 2019 award. He is the first member of the Buckeye men’s hockey program to be a Top 5 finalist for the award.
Parran, from Shaker Heights, Ohio, has played in 111 career games for the Scarlet and Gray over his four-year career and was part of NCAA appearances in 2017 and 2018, when the team made the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in 20 years. The squad is 17-5-4 this season and stands in first place in the Big Ten with a 10-3-3-2 record. The Buckeyes are 10th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 2.12 goals per game.
Off the ice, Parran is on the executive board of the Ohio State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the Director of Community Service. With that role, he coordinates with local outreach programs to better local Columbus communities, encourages service for both his own team and the other Buckeye squads, coordinates days and locations for volunteer dates and has planned service events for the athletics department. He is part of Peer Educators, a student-athlete group that focuses on helping freshmen make the transition to college as well as be a resource for current student-athletes.
In addition to his work in the local community, Tommy’s scope extended with his trip to Thailand in the summer of 2017 with a group from the Ohio State athletics department through Global Vision International, where they engaged in sports-related and life skills activates with the local youth in the Phang Nga province.
An English major with a history minor, Parran has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors. He was part of the Bucks Go Pro internship program last summer, where he worked with the Ohio State athletics administration. His post-hockey career goals are to attend law school and become a Navy JAG lawyer.
The other finalists for the award are Cam Beecy (Norwich), Jake Bunz (Wisconsin), Annie Pankowski (Wisconsin) and Luke Rivera (SUNY-Fredonia).
The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin for two games this weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Wisconsin, with the broadcast carried by SportsTime Ohio and BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will also carry the games on 1460 AM, on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Ohio State Buckeyes app.