Honor Folds Military Tribute Program
Columbus, Ohio –The Ohio State men’s and women’s golf teams will once again participate in the Folds of Honor military tribute program this season by carrying golf bags honoring two fallen soldiers to each tournament throughout the year. throughout the season. At the end of the Spring 2023 season, Folds of Honor golf bags will be auctioned off to raise money for the Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to family members of soldiers who are killed or critically wounded in battle. Its mission is “to honor their sacrifice. Educate their heritage. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded 35,000 scholarships. Last year (2021-22) alone, 6,500 scholarships were awarded.
Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, was a father of three with his wife Sherri. He will be honored this year by the Ohio State Women’s Golf Team.
Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey J. Rieck, 45, was the father of a son. The men’s team will carry a bag in his honor.
Rieck was affected along with two others who were honored on Ohio State golf teams during the 2021-22 season. With Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski, 36, of Dublin, Ohio, and Master Sgt. Shawn T. Hannon, 44, of Grove City, Ohio, Rieck was assigned to 1st Battalion, 148e Regiment, 37e Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio. They died on April 4, 2012, in Maymamah, Faryab Province, Afghanistan, from wounds caused by an improvised explosive device carried by a suicide vehicle.
Donahue, a paratrooper, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He died on September 16, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan from wounds sustained in an enemy attack.
Lisa Strom, head coach of the Ohio State women’s team, said the Buckeyes are honored to be part of the Folds of Honor program.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to carry a golf bag in remembrance of the sacrifice of Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue and Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey J. Rieck,” Strom said. “The Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program is woven into the fabric of our golf program at Ohio State, and each year carrying a golf bag in honor of a fallen soldier reminds us that freedom is not free.”
“The Folds of Honor Military Tribute program is well aligned with our team culture, as well as the core values of Ohio State athletics,” said the men’s team head coach. Jay Mosley. “The men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedoms are truly remarkable. Carrying golf bags honoring Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue and Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey J. Rieck will be a memorable experience for our athletes to proudly carry a bag each week in honor of these men and all who bravely fought for our freedoms. In addition to the impact of this program on our athletes, we can share this story all season long and publicize the great work the Honor Folds do for our wounded warriors.
“As a sign of respect, our Folds of Honor bag is always the last bag loaded in the van and the first bag unloaded when traveling to tournaments,” Strom said. “The person chosen to carry the Folds of Honor bag varies, but generally includes selecting a player who models our soldier’s leadership and personality traits.”
The Ohio State Women’s Golf Team Opens the Fall Season Sept. 12-13 at the Dick McGuire/Branch Law Firm Event at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque . Lauren Peter to Carry Folds of Honor Bag at First Team Event; she was chosen by her teammates for her communication, her leadership and her encouragement. JonErik Alford carried the Folds of Honor bag at the men’s season opener event earlier this week.