Ex-Ohio State stars Sullinger, Burke combine efforts for community event

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Former Ohio State basketball stars Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke united to help raise awareness to address issues that affect the Ohio community in Saturday’s eighth annual ‘Battle for Peace’ at Columbus East High School.

A full-house crowd was present at an event that featured Sullinger’s Team Sully and Team Burke.

The event was organized by Rodgers Neighborhood Basketball (RNB) together with the Trey Burke Foundation with contributions made to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association and the Ronald McDonald House.

According to Leon Rodgers, founder of RNB, the partnership helped them address issues of diabetes and violence.

J.J., Scoonie Penn, Evan Ravenel, Jon Diebler, Terence Dials and George Reese played for Team Sully.

Evan Turner also came off the bench for Sullinger’s squad.

In the end, Team Sully won 107-102 after 40 minutes in a college basketball-stipulated game.

Burke tried rally his team back but their efforts fell short against Team Sully.

The event was considered successful and included a health fair for Columbus residents.

“With so much violence going on, to have something like that for the community that promotes peace is something good,” Dials stated.

Ravenel, who is not from Columbus said he was blessed taking part in the game.

“I’m just thankful and blessed to have an opportunity to promote peace in the community.”

10TV in Columbus co-sponsored the event and station sports anchor Dom Tiberi spoke to the crowd and stressed the importance of prevent ing road accidents caused by distracted driving.

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