This week, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team supported the LiFE Sports Initiative by leading instructive volleyball sessions for local youth. LiFE Sports is a unique Ohio State University collaboration between the College of Social Work, Department of Athletics, Department of Recreational Sports and the Office of Outreach and Engagement. LiFE Sports - “Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports” - is aiming to advance the practice of youth development nationally and internationally.
The women’s volleyball program has been a supporter of the LiFE Sports Programs for the past two years. Specifically, the Buckeyes volunteer time to instruct LiFE Sports campers on the basic fundamentals of volleyball. Alongside a crash course in the sport, these campers are exposed to character building life stories from the student-athletes and the team members recognize youth who exemplified the LiFE Sports social competence model: self-control, effort, teamwork, and social responsibility at the closure of the session.
“As a team, we love reaching out to the community and sharing our love of volleyball,” said senior setter Taylor Sherwin. “This is our second year working this camp and we love interacting with the youth. It is definitely rewarding.”
The women’s volleyball program continues to support local youth through programs like LiFE Sports and aims to invite the LiFE Sports campers to a home volleyball match this fall in order to continue this amazing partnership.