Josh Perry and Chase Farris are headed to Costa Rica, but not for the same reasons as other college students on summer break.
The footballing duo is set to join seven other Ohio State student-athletes for a charity trip in Costa Rica that leaves today and returns on May 19th.
What exactly is Soles4Souls? Here's its mission statement from its website:
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator
Ohio State says its student-athletes will "immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture while being exposed to the impact giving a pair of shoes can have on a community."
"I want to expand my horizons about the world and other cultures. It will be good to use this platform to make a difference, touch others and make a change," Perry told OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
"It will be great to give back to others less fortunate and gain a valuable experience from it. I'm really looking forward to gaining awareness of the world outside of the United States," Farris added.
Somewhere in the cosmic heavens, Woody Hayes beams with pride.