Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Cohesion Foundation Announce Exciting New Partnership with Marvin Harrison Jr.
March 8, 2023 – Marvin Harrison Jr., star wide receiver for The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, has entered into a contract with the Cohesion Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. This new partnership will make Marvin Harrison Jr. an official Teammate of the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio, serving as an ambassador for the charity.
“I am very excited to partner with such a highly respected organization like Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Cohesion Athlete Marvin Harrison Jr. “The kids and families at the House are so strong and resilient, and I am honored to work alongside them to help raise awareness and support for their mission of keeping families close.”
Throughout the year, Marvin Harrison Jr. will take part in a number of exciting activities in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, including public service announcements, visits to the Ronald McDonald House, media opportunities, and other fun activations.
“Cohesion Foundation is proud of the work our student-athletes are doing every day with community nonprofits,” said Gary Marcinick, Founder of Cohesion Foundation. “We can’t wait to see the impact that Marvin Harrison Jr. will have on the Ronald McDonald House at the local, regional, and even national level. And we hope he brings plenty of smiles to the faces of kids who are fighting a tough battle every day.”
RMHC of Central Ohio CEO and Executive Director, Dee Anders, said “we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Marvin Harrison Jr. He is such a wonderful young man, and we are truly honored to work alongside him to support families of seriously-ill children who need a home-away-from-home while their child is being treated in the hospital.”
People interested in learning more about this local, regional, and national partnership and ways that Marvin Harrison Jr. is working to make an impact through his partnership with RMHC of Central Ohio, please visit https://rmhc-centralohio.org/mhj/.
About the Cohesion Foundation
The Cohesion Foundation works to unite Ohio State student-athletes with Central Ohio charities to use their NIL for good. The organization believes it is important to help teach financial stewardship and community responsibility as college athletes navigate NIL benefits. Area non-profits appreciate the celebrity-like support.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio is located directly across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Open 365 days a year, the Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment in the hospital. The House offers comfortable bedrooms with private baths, continuing care suites for recovering transplant patients, fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room and informal gathering areas. In addition, RMHC of Central Ohio operates two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms; one at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the other at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. RMHC is proud to partner with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to operate a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio has provided one million nights of rest for families of seriously ill, hospitalized children. In order to serve even more families at the House, RMHC of Central Ohio has embarked on the largest expansion project in our history – a transformational campaign to provide a million more nights of rest for families when they need it most. This project will include:
- An additional 84 guest rooms to accommodate more families
- New community rooms, expanded kitchen and dining, and green space for families
- Necessary renovations to the existing structure
With the expansion RMHC will be equipped to serve an additional 2,000 families each year, increasing the families served annually to 6,500. Without the services RMHC provides, the families who rely on RMHC for housing and food will be forced to pay an average of $100 a night for local accommodations as well as an average of $20 per person, per day, to feed three meals. Therefore, the total annual savings to families after the expansion will be approximately $14,200,000.