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


November 25, 2019

For the Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse team, giving back to the Columbus community is a part of their foundational core. The team has been assisting The 2nd & 7 Foundation in their in-school elementary readings for many years and looks forward to continuing these efforts in the future. Madison Reid, the OSU Men's Lacrosse Director of Events, credits the team's willingness and dedication to giving back as something Nick Myers, the team's head coach, instilled in their program. Madison states “With the platform we have at Ohio State, I think it’s incredibly important to do our part in making an impact throughout the community, whether it be big or small.”

Remembering what it was like to be a 2nd grade student, the team members enjoy their time spent with young readers. Evan Riss, a junior on the team, states “I enjoy it so much because it allows me to think back to when I was their age and meeting a college or professional athlete at school just made that day exponentially better.” Riss also expressed that he feels the readings are mutually beneficial for both the students and athletes. "Of course, the students get to learn important life lessons and see how doing the right thing can positively impact their lives, but the athletes also get to take a step back from the stresses of their normal schedules and daily routines to spend time with young students and teach them about what it means to be respectful and how to be a good leader."

The Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse team makes it a priority to continually give back to the community they describe as, “having given them so much.” In addition to The 2nd & 7 Foundation, they are actively involved with other organizations such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Heinzerling Foundation. We are proud to have these team members in our huddle and are grateful for their commitment to paying it forward!

Written by:

Jordan Wade

Undergraduate Student, The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science, Candidate

Major: Accounting, Minor: Professional Writing

The 2nd & 7 Foundation Professional Writing Intern