Beyond the Game: 2nd and 7 Foundation showing OSU athletes the honor of giving back

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COLUMBUS -- The 2nd and 7 Foundation held its annual football camp at Hilliard Weaver Middle School this week with several current Buckeye football players lending a hand.

The camp is the foundation's biggest annual fundraiser as its continues the fight against illiteracy. A myriad of Ohio State student athletes go into schools and read to elementary students.

Across the country, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has donated over 150,000 books to kids in need since it started in 1999. During the 2015-16 school year, The 2nd & 7 Foundation provided 6,947 books to 76 schools in central Ohio alone.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. Since that time, their outreach has grown into a national effort to pay it forward.

The purpose of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to help promote literacy. The foundation focuses on serving schools where the need is great and on communities where we can make the biggest impact. With that in mind, we created the "Tackle Illiteracy" program.

Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are a huge part of our program. They are out in the schools each week, reading to kids, handing out books, and reminding the 2nd graders why reading is so important. They also use the themes in the Hog Mollies books to reiterate valuable life lessons.

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