Buckeyes Set to Host 13th-Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic
Oct. 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team is ready to host the 13th-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Saturday-Sunday at Fred Beekman Park, located on the Ohio State campus. The event, which the Buckeyes have hosted since the 2001 campaign, has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio.
A total of 18 teams will be competing in the event that has raised more than $172,000 in the past 12 years for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Here are some comments from several members of the Ohio State 2014 senior class on what this event means to them:
- Senior pitcher Melanie Nichols on OCCC: “Playing in the charity classic is something bigger than playing for ourselves. Being able to give something back while playing the game we love is rewarding in many different ways. It allows us to help bring people together to support breast cancer, which has affected many people in our team. We go into the tournament with a tremendous amount of pride just knowing what it's for, no matter what the outcome is at the end of the weekend.”
- Senior catcher Melissa Rennie on OCCC: “As I lace up my cleats and don pink gear to take the field this weekend in the charity cassic, a victory won’t be determined by the numbers on the scoreboard, but by my compassion to play for those who have lost, survived, and are champions to this disease. Whether it be with smiles, cheers or tears, we will all meet in one location for one purpose to honor one lineup - breast cancer awareness.”
- Senior third baseman Leesa Gresham on OCCC: “It is always an honor to represent Buckeye nation, but this tournament is extremely important to me as cancer has affected my family by the loss of three of my grandparents. The Stephanie Spielman Fund brings awareness of cancer to many people, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of something so special.”
- Senior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo on OCCC: “The charity classic means more than just playing, but representing all the women who suffered from breast cancer. The game will be a reflection of what those women went through. The pressure, the anxiety, the happiness, the aggression, the disappointment, the cheers, the love, the sadness, and most importantly, the victory. My blessings and respect go out to all the women who have fought against breast cancer, and those who continue to fight.”
Of the 18 teams, 15 of them will be representing Ohio from schools that include: Ohio State, Akron, Rio Grande, Urbana, Capital, Toledo, Denison, Wright State, Kenyon, Ursuline, Ashland, Dayton, Northwestern Ohio, Ohio Dominican and Miami. Three schools are traveling to the Buckeye state: Hillsdale (Michigan), Northern Kentucky and Ohio Valley (West Virginia).
Ohio State opens play vs. Akron at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by a contest vs. NKU at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the squad will play Ohio at 10:30 a.m. and will wrap up competition vs. Wright State at 12:45 p.m. All four contests for the Buckeyes will be played on Field No. 1.
Admission to the two doubleheaders is free, while entrance to the OCCC is a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Fred Beekman Park is located west of State Route 315 at Lane Avenue.