ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio university Student-Athlete Advisory Council participated in the Mid-American Conference Community Service Week earlier this month. During the week, the Bobcats student-athletes lent a hand in various community activities in and around Athens.
The week opened with six Ohio student-athletes heading to the Athens County Dog Shelter to help walk and play with the dogs housed there that are waiting for adoption.
“MAC Community Service Week is important because the community shows an incredible amount of support to Bobcat Athletics, and this is our way to show our support back,” said Ohio senior track & field/cross country athletes Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard, Ohio).
On Tuesday, members of the golf, volleyball and wrestling teams went to visit residents of Laurels of Athens Nursing Home in Athens.
“I’m so glad I volunteered for this event,” said Bobcat redshirt sophomore wrestler Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio). “I met Bess from Georgia during our visit to the retirement home and she offered me advice about the ladies. It was a great experience and I’d love to go back.
Thursday provided two opportunities for community service. First Ohio softball soccer and wrestling student-athletes helped clean up the Athens Community Center Pool to get it ready for the summer season. They cleaned the locker rooms, raked leaves and cleaned out the bathrooms at the pool.
“The Athens Community does so much to help and support student-athletes, so I am grateful for the opportunity to give back by helping clean up the community that has provided so much for me,” said Ohio junior soccer player Brooke Kemerer (Saginaw, Mich.).
In the afternoon, Ohio men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches volunteered to be rebounders a the Bobcat Rentals Three-Point Shootout hosted by the Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Rec 3620 Students. The proceeds went to benefit Team Impact, a non-profit 501 ( c) 3 organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
“Team Impact is really important to me because it gives kids like me who can’t really play sports – a chance to be on a team like everybody else,” said junior Adyn Bucher (Athens, Ohio), a women’s basketball player and a member of Team Impact. especially a team of super cool college kids that are fun to hang out with!”
“The three-point shootout put on for Team IMPACT was a great opportunity for my teammates and myself expand our horizons and do something for others while incorporating the game we love,” said Ohio men’s basketball senior Treg Setty (Maysville, Ky.) It was fun and exciting to be able to help others all the while enjoying the game we love so much.”
On Friday of that week, Bobcat student-athletes visited Logan Middle School with Ohio Mascot Rufus during lunch and recess. The Student-athletes took questions from sixth and seventh grade students about their sports and experience as a Bobcat student-athlete.
“What an amazing experience for our student,” said Logan-Hocking Middle School Principal Courtney Spatar. “Our students were able to meet Rufus and talk to student-athletes. The air of excitement and discussion of leadership was a valuable experience for our students. I had several teachers tell me that we need to do this again.”
“MAC Community Service Week is a great reminder of giving back while I’m out of season,” said SAAC President Sebastian Pique. “It makes students and everyone else around the school happy and I am happy to inspire their dreams.”