OHSAA Foundation News




First Friday Campaign


The entire month of September is designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and once again we are kicking off football season with our First Friday campaign! 

In honor of Mike Sammons, a former official and coach who passed away from prostate cancer, we are asking coaches and officials to wear the blue wristbands for the first Friday night game in September in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information regarding this important campaign please click on the link below.

First Friday Campaign


Student Leadership Conference



The OHSAA Foundation Board of Trustees have implemented a change to the Student Leadership Conferences.  Typically each spring six conferences are held around the state, in 2012 the Foundation will hold four conferences around the state.  The conference sites will include Columbus, Dayton, Canton and Elyria. 


These conferences are for sophomore and junior student-athletes that exhibit leadership  qualities in the classroom, within their communities and team.  These all-day conferences will have workshops focusing on leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, citizenship, role-modeling, and current issues effecting today's student-athletes.  Information on the conferences will be sent to athletic administrators in early 2012.  



Scholar-Athlete Scholarship



Each year the OHSAA Foundation awards $30,000 in scholarships to outstanding student-athletes from across the state.  Scholarship recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for various academic and athletic achievements. For information on how to apply please contact your school counselor.


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Foundation Service Week



Service Week

Once again it is time to begin making  plans for the 2011 OHSAA Foundation Basketball Service Week! This years Service Week dates are Wednesday, November 16th through Saturday, December 3rd. 

Packets and emails were sent to all member schools athletic directors and basketball coaches.  Applications can be submitted online by following the link listed below.


Last year this widely successful program included over 250 schools across the state taking part in over 100 events and raising over $100,000 for charitable organization.

 The program offers member basketball teams the chance to replace a scrimmage with a Foundation Game.  The Foundation Game consists of two teams playing under normal game conditions, but does not count toward either teams overall record.  Schools are required to participate in a community service project benefiting a charity of their choice in conjunction with the game.

Last year we recognized two schools during the State Boys Basketball Tournament for their generosity and support of Foundation Service Week.  Chillicothe Unioto High School and Bishop Rosecrans High School truly exemplify the spirit of service.  This year we hope to showcase more schools and let everyone know that we have "Kids Who Care"




Basketball for Food

Demand is at an all-time high at many food pantries across the state. More families than ever are seeking assistance during these tough economic times. Meanwhile, food pantries are struggling to keep their shelves stocked amid increasing demand and soaring food costs. According to a May 6, 2009 report from Feeding America, one in six young children live on the brink of hunger in 26 states in the U.S., including Ohio with the third highest rate of food insecure children under 5 years of age.

The OHSAA Foundation is proud to partner with Lebanon City Schools in their "Basketball for Food" program.  The Lebanon High School boys basketball team and cheerleaders have organized a Basketball for Food campaign for the past three years. During their second year they collected 12,000 pounds of food and during their third year they collected over 23,000 pounds of food and $5,000 for the Warren County Food Pantry! For 2009, Lebanon City Schools have plans to further expand their program to include boys and girls basketball programs at all sixteen schools in the Greater Western Ohio Conference.

Lebanon City School officials have graciously shared information they used to grow their food drive over the past three years in hopes of expanding this program across the state. Using their experience and tools, we are compiling a template for other schools to use.  For those schools who conducted a food drive last year, the template may assist in growing your program for 2009. For those schools unsure about what service project to do, the template provides guidance to make a significant impact in your community and help those in need.

Click here to access the template.