COLUMBUS, Ohio - Taking a break from practice, the Ohio State men's ice hockey team made a special trip to the Columbus Ronald McDonald House Tuesday.
The Buckeyes did not go empty-handed, bringing with them more than 500 teddy bears from the squad's inaugural Teddy Bear Toss. Held Feb. 5, fans showered the ice with bears after the Buckeyes' first goal in their 4-2 victory over Michigan State.
Looking to give back to the Columbus community and spread some cheer, the entire team made the trip to deliver the bears and tour the facility.
"It was a great experience," senior forward Sergio Somma said. "Any time you can give back as a team is a great opportunity and to see the impact of something small like a teddy bear really makes you appreciate the small things in life. The families and kids were really appreciative."
Opened in July 2008, the Columbus Ronald McDonald House is the second largest in the world, located just 200 steps from the Nationwide Children's Hospital. In 2010, the House serviced more than 2,500 seriously ill children and their families.
The Buckeyes will be back in action Feb. 18-19 when they take on Lake Superior State at Value City Arena.