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Why is this news?: Ohio State athletes travel to Costa Rica in support of Soles4Souls

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"It was so rewarding. The kids lit up hanging out with us. Something so little as giving out Croc-style shoes and boots made a difference to someone."

-Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry

A group of 12 student athletes from a variety of sports and advisors from the Ohio State University traveled to Costa Rica earlier this month in support of Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that fights poverty in disadvantaged areas. The organization provides shoes and clothing to people in need and works to create jobs in impoverished areas.

The group spent three days of their trip handing out thousands of shoes to schoolchildren and adults alike. In some cases, the donated shoes were the only ones the villagers had.

"I truly believe the kids here are bringing out the best in all of us," said linebacker Joshua Perry, one of the student athletes on the trip. "Funny how you come down here to Costa Rica to help them put shoes on their feet, but in the end they actually do more for you with a simple hug and beaming smile."

Eighty years ago today, Jesse Owens set three world records and tied another at the 1935 Big Ten Championships at Ferry Field at the University of Michigan. Moreover, he completed the feat in 45 minutes. His records include:

  • 9.4 second 100 yard dash (tied the previous world record)
  • 26 foot, 8.25 inch long jump
  • 20.3 second 200 yard dash
  • 22.6 second 220 yard low hurdles

Owens has a plaque honoring the accomplishments of that day—located at Ferry Field.

"Right now, I am about 50% committed. I have a couple of visits coming up, and that is about it right now."

–Greg Little to

Ohio State could add the top offensive tackle prospect in the country to its 2016 recruiting class. Greg Little, a five-star offensive tackle from Allen, Texas, may be keeping his options open, despite last year’s verbal commitment to Texas A&M, according to a recent report from Little plans on visiting Ohio State in the summer, along with Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M.

"What I want to see is just the culture and everything and what they bring and how as a man they can develop me," said Little in the interview.

Little stands at 6’6", 285 lbs. and is entering his senior season with three state championships under his belt.