6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

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.


Ryan Miller
m2 marketing

Mike Vrabel
Head Football Coach
Tennessee Titans

Luke Fickell
Head Football Coach
University of Cincinnati

Board of Directors

Patrick John
TransCounty Title Agency

Jane Matyac
Senior Marketing Manager

Tom Line
Chief Financial Officer
Diamond Hill Capital Management

Allen DeGraffenreid
Creative Director
Eighty-third & Long Creations

Amy Hoying
Executive Director
The 2nd & 7 Foundation

Bobby Carpenter
WBNS 97.1 The Fan

Brian Ferrier
Regional Director of Operations
Giant Eagle

Brad Hosket
Hosket Ulen Insurance

George Kauffman
Vice President
Byers Auto

John Largent
Commercial Operations Director
The Huntington National Bank

Aaron Lowther
VP of Sales
Superior Beverage Group

Jane McLean Mort
Program Manager
Abbott Nutrition

John Sass
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Scotts Miracle-Gro

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

Jack Tucker
Seamless Logistics

Josh Weirich
Account Executive
Bearcats Sports Marketing/IMG College

Advisory Board

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

Junior Board

  • Joshua Perry
  • Corey Linsley


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