Deshaun Thomas writes letter to the editor of the Lantern: ‘All athletes deserve to be celebrated’

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (1) addresses the media in a press conference during practice the day before the semifinals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (1) addresses the media in a press conference during practice the day before the semifinals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Deshaun Thomas is a second-team All-American basketball player for Ohio State. His 19.5 points per game helped lead his Buckeyes to a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth in the 2013 Elite Eight.

However, that is roughly the only thing most fans know about Ohio State sports right now, and that does not sit well with Mr. Thomas.

Thus, the superstar wrote a Letter to the Editor of The Lantern saying that he wishes to see more attention paid to other sports. All are deserving of said attention for their hard work on the practice field and elite level of play during games.

Letter to the editor:

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.

Deshaun Thomas
Third-year in sports management
thomas.2366@osu.edu

Take a bow, Mr. Thomas.

You sir, are pure class.

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