Day of Service Sees Record Number of Student-Athlete Volunteers

Members of the women's basketball team volunteered at the Taylor Ave. clean up for Day of Service.
Members of the women's basketball team volunteered at the Taylor Ave. clean up for Day of Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Tue, Sep. 18, more than 800 students, faculty, and staff headed out into the community to volunteer for Columbus State's 6th Annual Day of Service. Terrence Lawrence, Athletics Compliance and Retention Coordinator, organized 50 student-athletes at three sites across central Ohio.

The volleyball, women's basketball, and cross country teams volunteered to clean up Taylor Avenue near Ohio State University Hospital East. The road has experienced significant overgrowth so the teams were tasked to remove weeds, cut grass along the public grass areas, and sweep streets where needed. Additionally, they picked up trash along sidewalks, streets and vacant lots. The achieved goal was to finalize the cumulative clean-up efforts for Taylor Avenue for the year.

Similarly, the golf team offered their time at Goodale Park in Victorian Village in collaboration with Columbus Recreation and Parks. They mulched, pulled weeds, and cleaned up litter around the pond, which is one of the picturesque and popular areas of the park.

Helping at Goodwill Columbus, the men's basketball team volunteered by sorting donations and clothing, pricing items, and restocking merchandise.

The community service is not a requirement for Columbus State student-athletes, but athletics staff and coaches encourage players to give back to the community on days they don't have class, practices, games or other obligations.

To see what other Day of Service activities occurred, check out the hashtag #CStateServes on Twitter.