From the weekly readings at elementary schools to the daily office shenanigans, my internship experience with The 2nd & 7 Foundation has been nothing short of an eye-opening and rewarding experience.
The 2nd and 7 Foundation has adopted February 7th as a day to promote and raise awareness for their organization. The 2nd and 7's mission is to promote reading by providing free books to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. Since started by three former OSU football players in 1999, the foundation has given nearly 200,000 free books to 2nd graders nationwide.
Thank you will never seem like enough. Earlier this month, a student from Youngstown State University, Paul Farbman, gave us one of the biggest gifts we have ever received.
Last month, we hosted an event for The 2nd & 7 Foundation where Youngstown State University President and former OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel spoke to the crowd. He said something that really hit home with me. While talking about his time at Ohio State, he mentioned that the #1 fundamental that he looked for in a football player was their ability to run. He said, if you can’t run, you simply can’t play at the collegiate level. Plain and simple. He went on to say, that the #1 fundamental in life is reading. If you can’t read, life is going to be an uphill battle at best. Plain and simple.