June 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With 18 student-athletes recently named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for spring and at-large sports, the Ohio State men's lacrosse team has found success both on the field and in the classroom. But while academic and athletic performances are of high importance to the Buckeyes, the squad still found time to devote to another worthy cause - Columbus.
Tallying more than 700 service hours, a program best, the Buckeyes took part in 21 events with 15 different organizations throughout the 2011-12 season.
"Community service is a great way for us to give back to the community which supports us both as a university and athletics program," junior Mark Crawford said. "It reminds us of the great opportunities we are blessed to have as Ohio State student-athletes and allows us to share that excitement with the people we help."
The Buckeyes kicked off their service in September when they joined student-athletes from 11 other Buckeye sports at the New Albany Classic. With 100 percent of the proceeds raised benefitting the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, student-athletes manned the Classic Sports Spectacular area while teaching children and their parents about their respective sports.
Featuring games between Ohio State, Canisius and Ohio Wesleyan, the squad closed fall play by hosting the CJD Memorial Fall Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Through admission fees, concessions and donations, the Scarlet and Grey raised more than $5,000 for the CJD Memorial Fund to support the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) and the Reach Out and Read program at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Also benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital, in addition to The James Cancer Hospital, was Lax for a Cause. Pairing with Delta Zeta sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the players helped organize teams of Ohio State students and officiated their games at the event. The team also supported the sport of lacrosse by holding a clinic for youth players at New Albany Lax Jam and by playing with children at an event benefitting Lacrosse the Nations.
Throughout the season, the team also showed its support for the United States military by transporting WWII veterans and their spouses to a veteran's ceremony through Honor Flight Columbus and by helping Operation Buckeye put together care packages for troops overseas. Players also wrote letters to the troops and several student-athletes received letters back thanking them for the packages.
Founded by three former Ohio State football players, the 2nd and 7 Foundation was created to promote literacy by providing children with books and strong role models at its weekly readings. Reading at seven different elementary schools, players spoke to area second graders about the importance of reading and working hard in school.
Additionally, the Buckeyes spent time volunteering with the Franklinton Gardens, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and Toast to Tinseltown.
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