Ohio State Football Pays Forward at Manna Café

By Jason Priestas on May 8, 2013 at 11:25p
25 Buckeyes were on hand to pay forward at Manna Cafe

The philosophy of paying it forward is recognized around the world, but in Ohio, it may as well be the state motto.

Wednesday night, about 25 football players were on hand at the Manna Cafe to dish out food, talk football and bring a few smiles to faces that could use them. Every Wednesday, the cafe, located inside the Broad Street Methodist Church, welcomes 150-200 off the street for a respite and a delicious meal.

Those in attendance included tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, running back Warren Ball, quarterback Cardale Jones, defensive backs Jamie Wood, Tyvis Powell and Najee Murray, and kicker/punter Drew Basil. Wood was humbled by the experience:

Members of the football team will be out Saturday, again paying it forward, as they help kick off the Columbus City Schools Special Olympics.

Source: @BuckeyeNotes


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MN Buckeye's picture

THIS is what really matters!  May this be a reminder to us all to give back.

CowCat's picture

Great to know that the current staff values and encourages Giving Forward.   Woody is smiling somewhere.
Go Bucks!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Hovenaut's picture

Well done young men....big fan of the positive off-field efforts too. Great to see the community involvement.

Thanks for sharing!

rickyu22's picture

Forget getting paid to play...being able to lift a persons spirit as an Ohio State Buckeye...that perk is way better!

jeremytwoface's picture

Who is the third guy from the left??
He looks like he's going to snap that lady's arm clean off.
Oh! And yay for charity. 

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

bodast67's picture

The picture shows that they are glad to be there to help. Woody's dream lives on in every one of them ! 




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

OSUs12-OH's picture

Love seeing this.  Especially seeing little Nick involved too.  Good stuff.  How cool would that be for a freshman in HS to hang out with the players doing something like that.  Good Pay it Forward stuff.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Dougger's picture

To give up their free time to help others, really an amazing thing. Love it, and it makes everyone involved (and even fans like us who read it) better and inspired. Way to go bucks

I like football

Poison nuts's picture

Best gift you can give yourself is helping others...makes me proud. Go Bucks!!!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

southbymidwest's picture

Wait, is that Blake Thomas next to Heuerman? Holy moly. Vannett, Heuerman and Thomas are big guys. OSU athletic site article mentioned everyone who was there. At first I was confused and thought that maybe he was Corey Linsley with a new look of long hair and a beard.