Ohio State assistant football coaches are digging into their pockets to help a good cause. The group of Buckeye staff members have put some funds together to make a charitable donation to a local food bank as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect families across the country.
This week, Ohio State announced that assistant coaches on the football staff having donated $47,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The donation was in addition to the $175,000 that Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann and Gene Smith pledged to the non-profit organization.
Wednesday, Ohio State University released a statement on the donations:
“Just hours after an emergency fund was established, Ohio State University’s assistant football coaches followed the lead of head coach Ryan Day and additional athletics department leaders and their families by joining together and collectively pledging an additional $47,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which is experiencing a surging need for its services and food supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read.
“This is something we all wanted to do, almost immediately, after learning about the emergency fund,” associate head coach Larry Johnson said. “Our program and players have made many visits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank over the years and we all feel a responsibility to assist during this time of crisis.”
For every $1 that is donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, $9 worth of groceries can be secured.