COLUMBUS, Ohio – In just under a month, the Ohio State football players report to camp and begin workouts for the fall season. Today, the players took the field at The Woody Hayes Athletic Center to help instruct special needs athletes at the Goodwill Columbus Special Skills Invitational. Many of the athletes said it was a day they will always remember.
Special Olympics athlete Patty Bryant plays track and field and soccer, and many call her “Power Ranger Patty.” Today, she lived up to her nickname by lifting tires, running football drills, and tackling like an Ohio State football player.
“It’s a special day for us Special Olympians to get to work out with the Ohio State football players…it’s pretty awesome,” said Bryant. She added, “I’m very grateful they took the time to be with us and be with the community.”
The football players also felt fortunate to give back to the community and instruct the athletes with special needs. They also posed for photos with the athletes while laughing and having fun.
Ohio State junior Tracy Sprinkle said, “It’s a blessing to be out here with them…they’re just having fun and it’s good to see them smile and they’re just enjoying themselves and it’s good for us to be out here with them.”
It’s a great feeling being able to come out here and give back and have fun with the kids and stuff like that…get a chance to get out there have them active…it’s a great idea,” said Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown.