COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fall break at Ohio State is underway and the Buckeyes' men's lacrosse team spent Thursday volunteering its time and energy with two worthy community organizations. Member's of the squad spent their Thursday morning after practice with the Heinzerling Foundation and Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center.
"This morning was a great opportunity for the team to get out in the Columbus community and give back," said Madison Reid, the program's director of special events who leads the community service efforts. "Having the chance to thank Veterans first hand for their service, and engage with residents at the Heinzerling Foundation was a humbling and worthwhile experience for the team."
"One of the things I love about the culture in our program is that we don't need to force our men to do community service," said head coach Nick Myers. "They do it willingly because they know it's important and part of what they sign up for when they come to Ohio State."
The Heinzerling Foundation is a home for children and adults with severe and profound developmental challenges. The team joined residents for activities and crafts that included bowling, musical games and fall bird feeders.
The Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center provides various types of health care to Veterans. It sees over 2,000 per day. The team was there today to greet/assist Veterans to their appointments and most importantly thank them for their service.
MICHAEL R. BRESCHI WEEKEND
This weekend, Ohio State's fall ball season concludes on Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland with one of the program's signature events: the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Weekend. Events are headlined by a youth clinic (grades 1-8) at 4 p.m. and a scrimmage against North Carolina at 6 p.m., both taking place at Calvert Hall High School on Saturday.
Admission to the scrimmage is $5 with children under the age of 12 admitted free. For $20, fans can attend a postgame mail and tailgate with both the Buckeyes and Tar Heels. All proceeds benefit the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund.
ABOUT THE MICHAEL R. BRESCHI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The largest memorial endowed scholarship in the Ohio State Department of Athletics, the Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi, who passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just three years old. The Michael R. Breschi Scholarship is given to a senior lacrosse player every year who best exemplifies the spirit of Michael.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Ohio State, which opened its fall schedule last Sunday with a scrimmage against the defending MLL champion Ohio Machine, is coming off its first-ever NCAA Final Four and national championship game appearance. North Carolina won the ACC Tournament title last spring, just one year after capturing the 2016 NCAA national championship.
For more information on this weekend's events and the Micahel R. Breschi Scholarship, or to make a donation and purchase tickets, visit www.mrbthumbsup.org.