“Our men have volunteered over 250 hours in the Columbus community so far this year supporting eight different organizations,” Dave Dobbins, Ohio State assistant coach and the team’s community service coordinator, said. “It is great to see the men building relationships with organizations we have been involved with for few years now so they can see the impact they are having and how appreciative the community is.”
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team continues to make an impact in the community. During the fall, the program has volunteered more than 250 hours in the Central Ohio area, serving with eight different organizations, working with groups as varied as school children, veterans and food banks.
The team’s service started early, as JJ Snider was adopted into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. JJ and his family visited practice and the team’s banquet, while the players and staff also spent time with JJ away from campus, cheering him on at his flag football games and visiting with him at the hospital.
The team supported current and former service members, working with Operation Buckeye and the Honor Flight Reunion. With Operation Buckeye the team helped pack and send care packages to troops overseas and also participated in the Veteran’s Day parade to promote Operation Buckeye’s cause. At the Honor Flight Reunion the team members greeted the World War II veterans and helped escort both the veterans and their families into the event.
Volunteer hours have also been spent at Ronald McDonald House sorting donations and cleaning the facility and with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank packing supplies to ship to food pantries.
The Buckeyes worked with the Second and 7 Foundation to promote literacy in Columbus Schools by reading to third graders throughout the quarter.
When the team returns to campus in January, their volunteer hours will continue to climb, as the squad will carry on its work across the community.