For Buckeye basketball player Seth Towns, the chance to support and inspire summer camp students at the Linden Community Recreation Center was a family affair.
Towns, a forward on The Ohio State University men’s team, grew up in Columbus, often played hoops in Linden and when he took to the court this week to play dodgeball, some of the campers he was aiming at were family.
“I had, I think, eight or nine cousins running around in there. My uncle is here, and so are so many people I know and grew up with,” he said.
Last week, Towns was joined by most of the team and several members of the Columbus Division of Police to celebrate the last week of the LiFEsports summer camp. About 80 campers attended the eight-week camp in Linden. It’s one of several camps serving area youth through the university’s nationally recognized LiFEsports program.
“Our goal at LiFEsports is to teach life skills through sport. We want to teach leadership, we want to teach self-control, effort, teamwork, social responsibility, and we do that by using sport as a hook,” said LiFEsports Assistant Director of Programming Catelen Ramsey.