1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

Founders & Board

The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.

The foundation was born from funds generated by the first annual FUNdamental football camp. The camp generated enough money to buy books to hand out to seven different second grade classrooms. Using a down & distance term used in football, the foundation became known as The 2nd & 7 Foundation.

Ryan, Mike and Luke took the books to each of the seven different schools, read to the kids, talked about the importance of literacy, and handed each child a book to take home with them. Since 1999, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has continued to extend its reach and now involves student-athletes from The Ohio State University and other collegiate athletic programs around the country.


Founders

Ryan Miller
Partner
m2 marketing

Mike Vrabel
Defensive Coordinator
Houston Texans

Luke Fickell
Head Coach
University of Cincinnati


Board Members

Amy Hoying
Executive Director
The 2nd & 7 Foundation

Kristi Blausey
CPA
Blue & Co., LLC

Bobby Carpenter
Co-Host
WBNS 97.1 The Fan

Brian Ferrier
Regional Director of Operations
Giant Eagle

Brad Hosket
Principal
Hosket Ulen Insurance

George Kauffman
Vice President
Byers Auto

John Largent
Commercial Operations Director
The Huntington National Bank

Aaron Lowther
Brand Manager
Superior Beverage Group

Todd Markiewicz
Director of Sales
RadiOhio, Inc.

Jane McLean Mort
Program Manager
Abbott Nutrition

John Sass
Vice President & General Manager, Gardens
Scotts Miracle-Gro

Dave Rife
Assistant VP & General Manager of Manufacturing
White Castle System Inc

Jack Tucker
Co-Founder
Seamless Logistics

Josh Weirich
Account Executive
Bearcats Sports Marketing/IMG College