Researchers concluded that nearly two-thirds of low-income families own no books for their children
Source(s): U.S. Dept of Education

Our Team

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

Mike Vrabel
Head Football Coach
Tennessee Titans
Luke Fickell
Head Football Coach
University of Cincinnati

Board of Directors

Jane Matyac
Senior Marketing Manager
Allen DeGraffenreid
Creative Director
Eighty-third & Long Creations
Brian Ferrier
Regional Director of Operations
Giant Eagle
John Largent
Commercial Operations Director
The Huntington National Bank
John Sass
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Scotts Miracle-Gro
Dave Rife
Assistant VP & General Manager of Manufacturing
White Castle System Inc

Advisory Board

  • Cameron Mitchell
  • Marlane Jett
  • Jack Mautino
  • Megan McCabe
  • Patrick John
  • Todd Markiewicz
  • Kristi Blausey

Junior Board


Staff

Stephanie Frey
Development Director
The 2nd & 7 Foundation
Jamie Bezbatchenko
Regional Program Director - NE Ohio
The 2nd & 7 Foundation
Amy Hoying
Executive Director
The 2nd & 7 Foundation
Janet Kassoff
Senior Program Manager/Executive Assistant
The 2nd & 7 Foundation
Sara Boyden
National Program Manager
The 2nd & 7 Foundation