Former Buckeyes play charity basketball game in Greenville

By Gaylen Blosser

April 7, 2014

GREENVILLE – Former Ohio State Buckeye football players took on a team of Greenville area All-Stars in a basketball game Sunday to benefit the 2014 Greenville High School prom.

“We are fundraising for prom, which is May,” junior class advisor Mollie Mendoz said. “This is a really big event for us.”

“The junior class sets up everything for prom, decorates and cleans up,” junior class President Erika Jeffers added.

“The junior class is not as big as the seniors, but they are tough,” Greenville High School Principal, Ken Neff said. “They will be good leaders next year as seniors. The senior class always steps up. This is their first big event as being seniors … it is their last hurrah as juniors.”

The Buckeyes went on a 13-0 fourth quarter run to break open a close game for a double-digit win over the local All-Stars.

Representing the Buckeyes were three members of the 2002 national championship team — Dustin Fox, a 5foot 11-inch cornerback; Brandon Joe, a 6-foot 250 pound linebacker; and Roy Hall, a 6-foot 3-inch wide receiver and founder of The Driven Foundation.

“We have done a good job of leveraging what it means to be a Buckeye on and off the field,” Driven Foundation founder Roy Hall said. “The guys that are here today understand the importance of giving back to the community and using our platform like today supporting the prom committee.

“That is what the driven foundation is about, helping others, figuring out a way to help people more that just giving your autograph,” Hall added.

“All the guys here played under coach Tressel, and he was huge on remembering who you are and using being a Buckeye for more than just making it to the NFL and making money,” Hall continued. “When you take that helmet off, you are still just a person. Our role right now is playing a charity basketball game.”

Also for OSU was Andy Groom, a first team all-American punter at 6 feet 1 inch and 6-foot 2-inch 250-pound linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who was all-Big Ten from the 2004-05 Buckeyes team.

Filling out the Buckeyes roster was St. Henry’s 6-foot 5-inch Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman, who led the Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship game in January 2008.

“To go to Ohio State was always a dream of mine,” Boeckman said. “To play there and then to play for a guy like Jim Tressel whose great character did some great things at Ohio State. Had a lot of fun … We had some good runs.”

“I’m living in Columbus, married and in medical device sales, so it is nice to stay around the Columbus area where I spent my last 10 years,” Boeckman added.

“I have quite a bit of family in St. Henry,” Boeckman said. “My mom, dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, so quite a bit living over that way.”