SWOC Spotlight: Ross Rams


Ross Establishes The Kent Richardson Scholarship Fund

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the Ross Cross Country Program sponsored the Ross Rambler 5k Run/Walk to raise money for several Ross Athletics programs.  Based on the overwhelming success of the event, the Ross Athletic Department was also able to honor longtime resident of Ross and journalist for the Venice Cornerstone, Kent Richardson, by establishing the Kent Richardson Scholarship.  Mr. Richardson has been a dedicated Ram fan for decades, often photographing Ross Athletics events for the Cornerstone free of charge.  The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Ross senior student athlete who exhibits the same selfless dedication that Mr. Richardson has practiced for years.

Student Athlete Leadership Team “Champions Breakfast” Begins

Recently, 60 Ross High School student athletes attended the first assembly in the Champions Breakfast Series.  The brainchild of Coach Kenyon Commins (Football), this initiative is designed to give Ross Athletics a forum to intentionally develop leadership skills and positive character traits.  After a quick breakfast, Coach Mike Price (Oak Hills Boys Basketball) delivered a powerful message to the group: "What's your Why? Culture, Mindset, and Identity."  Other speakers will include area business leaders, mental health experts, and sports figures aimed at helping our student athletes be better citizens of our community and our world.

Ross Volleyball Holds Scleroderma Awareness Night to Help Police Chief, Raise Awareness

Ross Volleyball coach Jenna Barth wants more than just wins on the court.  She wants her team to understand the power of helping others, especially helping members of their own community.  On Tuesday, September 4th, the Ross volleyball program held the Scleroderma Awareness Benefit Event to help Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler and his family.  Haussler, who was hired as the Ross Chief of Police in March of 2014, discovered he had Scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease, in 2016.  Since then, Chief Haussler has undergone regular dialysis treatments and is awaiting a kidney transplant.  After being hired as the Varsity head coach for the Ross Volleyball program in June, Coach Barth immediately began to plan the Scleroderma Awareness Benefit Event, a multi-sport effort to raise both awareness and money to help Chief Haussler and his family.  Centered around a “Jail and Bail” fundraiser, Barth also planned and executed Split-the-Pot events at both the volleyball games and girls soccer games against Edgewood on September 4th.  Ultimately, Barth’s efforts netted over $1,000 for Chief Haussler.

Ross/Badin Football hold “Ram Community Kick-Off Rally”

On August 18th, the Ross and Badin Football programs joined forces for the Rams Community Kick-Off Rally at Big Bul’s Roadhouse in Ross Township, an event designed to foster community spirit and fundraise for the Children’s Hospital Psychiatry Division “Surviving the Teens/Teen Suicide Prevention Program.”  In its second year, the Community Rally builds excitement and strengthens sportsmanship between the longtime rival Ram programs in preparation for the Badin vs. Ross football game and also provides an avenue for the programs to give back to their community. 

Ross Athletics Celebrates Award-Winning Student Entrepreneurial Group

Journal News: “Here’s how Ross Schools is using restaurant food scraps to fight hunger"

At the opening home football game, Ross Athletics honored JEE Foods, a student-run Non-Profit Organization dedicated to eradicate hunger and poverty in the Greater Cincinnati area.  In conjunction with Butler Tech and Ross Local Schools, group leaders Michael Rivera (Cross Country), Levi Grimm (Tennis), Jake Kahmann (Football), and Brett Eads (Soccer) have worked over the past year to create a viable procedure for processing expired food donations into useable low-cost products for community members struggling with food shortage.  Throughout that experience, the group has garnered international attention, winning the National SAGE Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada in May and then the SAGE World Cup in South Africa in August.  Since their award-winning international adventure, JEE Foods has opened a coffee bar in Ross High School, where it serves coffee drinks and smoothies as it fundraises in the spirit of its motto: “Together, let’s starve out hunger.”