July 23, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The 2011-12 Ohio State men's basketball team spent Saturday afternoon like they do many other days, hanging out in the lockeroom and then shooting around in the practice facility attached to Value City Arena. Typically players spend their summers toiling away in closed gyms, working on their game, but on this day they were joined by approximately 60 special guests. Nearly 30 boys suffering from life-threatening illnesses got away from their battles to enjoy time with their fathers and members of the defending Big Ten Champion Buckeyes.
For the past 14 years, the Ohio State men's basketball program and A Kid Again have partnered each summer to provide a fun-filled clinic for boys with life threatening illnesses and their fathers. The group is treated just like the Ohio State players for a day. The boys' names are on a locker in the Ohio State locker room and inside are an OSU shirt, shorts and a basketball. Once the players are geared up, they sit down for a team meeting with the players and coaches and then, the players host a mini-clinic teaching the kids how to dribble, shoot free-throws, shoot 3-pointers and even play defense.
Following the clinc Saturday, everyone was treated to pizza before heading out for an afternoon of go-karts and continued fun.
A Kid Again is a not-for-profit organization that strives to enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families by providing healing times of respite through fun-filled group activities and destination events, which they call adventures. The year round adventures foster laughter, joy, normalcy and supportive networking opportunities. A Kid Again strives to offer their children, siblings and parents a cost free occasion to enjoy quality time together and to create lasting memories together.
This mission is accomplished through the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors, providing them the opportunity to enrich their own lives as they ease the lives of the A Kid Again families.