OSU’s Thomas Earns Praise With Op-Ed
Two days after his Ohio State team was eliminated in the Elite Eight, Deshaun Thomas called for the Buckeyes community to be just as supportive of the schools’ other athletic teams as they are of the football and basketball programs. He did so by penning a “Letter to the Editor” to The Lantern, the Ohio State University newspaper.
Thomas called attention to national championships recently captured by an Ohio State wrestler and fencer as well as Big Ten titles earned by a pair of Buckeyes gymnasts.
The entirety of the letter, published on Monday, April 1 (via The Lantern):
As a basketball player at Ohio State, I am both proud and honored that our university follows our sport the way they do. It is a privilege to play for Ohio State, to be a part of winning the Big Ten Tournament this year, and to have made it to the Elite Eight.
I know that athletes in other sports that do not get much press coverage are also winning championships. Just two weekends ago, Logan Stieber won his second-consecutive national championship in his weight class in wrestling, and senior Marco Canevari marked the Scarlet and Gray’s single individual champion title in fencing by securing the gold medal in men’s epee on March 22. A day later, gymnasts Sarah Miller and Aly Marohn captured the Big Ten championship on the balance beam.
Last Tuesday, The Lantern featured an article in which athletic director Gene Smith talked about how Ohio State isn’t just a football school. He talked about the success of our basketball team. It would be good to remember that in the other sports, there is a lot of success too.
All athletes at Ohio State work very hard at being the best they can be at their sport. I wish that all athletes could receive the attention that our football and basketball teams get. They all deserve to be celebrated.
Third-year in sports management
Ohio State fans already loved Thomas for his standout play on the court. Now they can love him even more for his character off of it.