Columbus, Ohio -- Following their competition schedules of the 2016-2017 academic calendar, 32 Ohio State student-athletes will travel abroad as part of Buckeyes Go International, SASSO and the Department of Athletics' initiative to provide international experiences through education abroad and service-learning.
Overall the group is comprised of 24 unique varsity programs, traveling to eight countries. Buckeyes will update friends, family, and fans on their experiences overseas this summer through unique blog entries to be posted at a later date. Here is a list of participating student-athletes:
Gabriel Domecus (MVB) -- Environment & Natural Resources: Iceland
Kaitlyn Hofland (WGY) -- Psychology and Culture in Europe: England, Italy
Sasha Larocque (MIH) -- Environment & Natural Resources: Iceland
Mark Matheny (XRI) -- Global May Britain
Lauren Sherry (WLA) -- Oxford University Pre-Law
Liz Tamburro (WFH) -- Global Hot Spots: Argentina
John Meyer Williams (MGY) -- Global May Britain
Michaela Wilson (Spirit) -- Sustaining Human Societies & Environments: New Zealand
Buckeyes will participate in short-term education abroad programs offered through the Office of International Affairs. More information on those programs can be found on https://oia.osu.edu/education-abroad.html
Coach for College is a service-learning program that brings together US student-athletes and Vietnamese university students to teach academics, sports, and life skills at summer camps to disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam. More information can be found on http://www.coachforcollege.org/.
Dante Booker (MFB); Mark Belanger (MSW); JT Barrett (MFB); Lauren Carroll (WFH); Natalia Falkowski (WFE); Alexa Hart (WBB); Nate Kohl (MSO); Sean Melton (MGY); Jay Rodriguez (MWR); Lauren Spring (WIH); Nikki Walts (WSO); Ashley Wenz (WVB)
12 Buckeyes are headed to Ecuador from May 10-17 in partnership with Soles4Souls, where they will provide shoes to those in need at local schools and communities throughout the country. This will be Ohio State's fourth trip with S4S, a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. Previous trips include Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Bolivia. More information on Soles4Souls can be found at https://soles4souls.org/.
Elizabeth Auckley (WSW); Luke Buckley (MLA); Drew Cheezum (XRI); Hannah Gantt (WLA); Elizabeth Hernandez (WSY); Seth Kinker (MBA); Alice Riley (WCW); Niki Schroeder (WGO); DaJuan Seward (MTR); Matt Weis (MIH)
10 Buckeyes are headed to Thailand from August 7-15 in partnership with Global Vision International (GVI), where they will engage in sports-related and life skills activities with local youth in the Phang Nga province. GVI is dedicated to providing high quality and high impact life-changing experiences worldwide; more information can be found at https://www.gviusa.com/international-service-learning/.