April 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the help of the Ohio State men's ice hockey team, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Nationwide Children's Hospital now have nearly 800 furry new residents.
After notching their first goal against Michigan State Feb. 4, fans supported the Buckeyes and a worthy cause by showering the ice with bears at the second-annual "Teddy Bear Toss" at Value City Arena.
Collecting nearly 300 more bears than in the inaugural year, sophomores Curtis Gedig, Alex Szczechura and Travis Statchuk, along with juniors Brady Hjelle, Devon Krogh and Brandon Martell, hand-delivered the bears to children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday.
After a tour of the newly renovated Blue Jackets room, the student-athletes took handfuls of bears to children in the waiting room at Nationwide Children's Hospital while posing for pictures and signing autographs.
For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, visit: www.rmhc-centralohio.org.