COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Members of the Ohio State men's and women’s hockey teams partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to deliver a collection of stuffed animals on Wednesday, courtesy of the programs’ annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Janik Moser, Kevin Miller, Sasha Larocque, Matthew Weis, Freddy Gerard, Mason Jobst, and Brendon Kearney of the men’s hockey team were joined by Lauren Boyle, Maddy Field, Alex LaMere, and Erin Langermeier of the women’s hockey team made the trip to the Ronald McDonald House to help give out a record-setting number of stuffed animals.
The Buckeyes distributed over 1,000 stuffed animals to children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Previously, fans supported the team and its worthy cause by tossing donated teddy bears on the ice during home games against Minnesota State at OSU Ice Rink and Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center.
“It was very rewarding to see smiling faces from tons of kids that aren't in the best situations,” Boyle said. “The maturity and selflessness of these kids was so inspiring because no matter what they were going through plenty of kids, some as young at two, made sure their siblings got a teddy bear as well.”
"The visit was unbelievable,” Kearney said. “Being able to go in with bags and bags of teddy bears and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces was just an amazing feeling. I'm so glad that I could be a part of it."
The men's and women’s hockey programs join a larger scope of Ohio State student-athletes, coaches and corporate community partners aimed at making an impact in Central Ohio and beyond. For more information on the Buckeyes Care programs, as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, visit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com/BuckeyesCare and rmhc-centralohio.org.