Buckeyes Complete More than 500 Hours of Community Service
June 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– With the completion of the 2012 Ohio State synchronized swimming season, the Buckeyes, the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Champions, also concluded the 2012 edition of “Give Back a Day.” The initiative was implemented to encourage members of the synchronized swimming team to individually donate at least 24 hours of their time to community service.
Paige Ramsey, who wrapped up her junior year as an All-American and collegiate champion in trio with Alex Beckett and Yuliya Maryanko, paced the Scarlet and Gray with 37.5 hours. In all, 15 Buckeyes – Chelsea Aton, Kayley Colville, Colleen Courtmanche, Samantha Golomb, Tori Hawes, Caitlin Hoffman, Krissy Irwin, Cory Justice, Katie LaBounty, Heidi Liou, Emily Muma, Ramsey, Katie Spada, Paige Wells and Khadija Zanotto – accrued 24 hours or more during the 2011-12 school year. As a team, Ohio State reached 567 hours of community service, which is 352.5 hours more than the total from last season (214.5).
“I love participating in different service projects around the city,” Ramsey said. “I think it keeps me grounded and reminds me I have many opportunities to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I feel very lucky to be a student-athlete at Ohio State and any extra help I can give to the community is a small way of showing my gratitude.”
Ohio State committed to more than 30 Central Ohio organizations during the season, including the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, The Ronald McDonald House, Plant Pride on Parsons, Toys for Tots, Operation Buckeye and Wreaths Across America.
Additionally, the squad donated their time to the extremely popular 2nd and 7 Foundation, which was created by three former Ohio State football student-athletes. 2nd and 7 was founded in an effort to promote literacy by providing children with books and strong role models. Each week, members of the team read to second graders and shared the importance of reading and working hard in school.
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