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ONU football gives back

Head Football Coach Dean Paul stresses to his players the importance of being “others centered.” In the midst of spring practices, weight training and preparation for final exams the ONU Football program found time to give back to the community. This past weekend ONU football held its annual youth camp. The free camp provides the local youth an opportunity to meet with players and staff, learn football fundamentals, and most importantly have fun! This year’s edition of the camp featured over 150 youth from the region tackling, catching and throwing at ONU’s Dial-Roberson Stadium. The feedback from participants and parents alike was phenomenal, indicating this year’s camp was a great success. One parent whose son was paired with senior RB Justin Buenger spoke very highly of the program.

Justin made sure he stayed with him the whole time, allowed him to wipe his hands on Justin's shirt, and got him receiver gloves. You should be proud of the character that Justin has after three years in your program.”

Along with volunteering at the youth camp players served the community through a number of different events. In the past months ONU players could be found volunteering at several different Special Olympics events including basketball games and skills camps, bowling and general athletic events.  Several players assisted the University in the preparation and cleanup for one of Ohio’s largest job fairs located on campus. The program also recently made a financial donation of over $2,000 to the VFW  of Ohio that assists injured veterans who have recently returned home.

While the 2013 football season is still a few months away the off-season service of ONU’s Football players is certainly a mark in the win column for the program and the community alike.


By Bill Metz, junior in political science from Centerton, Ariz.