#BuckeyesCare: Active February Finishes off with Final Shoe Drive
Feb. 23, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Through its Buckeyes Care outreach program, the Ohio State department of athletics participated in or led several community or campus involvement activities in February.

In one case, the Buckeyes truly are putting their best foot forward. Starting last May, nine Ohio State student-athletes traveled to Costa Rica as part of the Soles for Souls program to donate shoes to hundreds of children in need.

In 2016, Soles for Souls will expand with two similar trips planned this summer. This month, the department held a pair of shoe drives at men's and women's basketball games that collected more than 500 sets of shoes. A final February shoe drive is scheduled at men's hockey Saturday (7 p.m.) at Value City Arena. New or lightly worn shoes can be dropped off at all entry locations of The Schott.

The three sports at VCA played host to an additional drive this month as well. Three dates at men's basketball, women's basketball and men's hockey all accepted water donations from fans at the Ohio State football equipment truck to be delivered to Flint, Mich., to assist with the current drinking water crisis in the area. -- More info

In what has become a February tradition, the men's hockey team held its annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the children at the Ronald McDonald House. This year, the women's hockey team joined in and added to a grand total of nearly 500 stuffed animals set to be delivered to the Columbus RMCH.

Another event that has become a campus staple is the BuckeyeThon Dance Marathon at the Ohio Union, the largest event of its kind in the country at more than 5,000 participants. Buckeye student-athletes from numerous teams -- along with mascot Brutus Buckeye -- stopped by to cut a rug for charity that benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital. Money raised from the BuckeyeThon events this year exceeded $1.3 million. Find out more at www.BuckeyeThon.osu.edu.

Feb. 7 was a Super Sunday and not just because of the 50th edition of the NFL's championship game. Each year, the date marks Second and Seven Day, an annual celebration for the foundation to fight illiteracy established by former Buckeye football standouts Ryan Miller, Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell. On Feb. 7 and throughout the month, Ohio State student-athletes visited schools in central Ohio to read to young students and promote literacy.

For more on Buckeyes Care, please visit www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com/BuckeyesCare.