Turner, Buckeyes Giving Back

Evan Turner, Evan Ravenel and other former Buckeyes are giving back to Columbus this week.

High school teammates Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke played against each other three times in college with Sullinger and Ohio State taking two victories over Burke and Michigan.

Now playing in the NBA, the former Buckeye and Wolverine will be competing again this Saturday, though this time there will be no losers. The two Northland High School graduates are headlining the All-Star game for the ninth annual Rodgers Neighborhood Basketball Battle for Peace Classic.

While the Team Sully v. Team Burke game at 2:30 p.m. at East High School, which will feature other former Buckeyes Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, Evan Ravenel and Deshaun Thomas, is the headlining event for the day it’s only part of the way the professional basketball players are giving back.

It started Thursday as Ravenel and Turner joined RNB founder Leon Rodgers, a local product who has played 14 seasons internationally, at the Ronald McDonald House Thursday to sign autographs. Some proceeds of the event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Saturday will also feature a youth three-on-three tournament with educational talks about non-violent confrontation and the dangers of STDs and a community block party with a health and wellness fair.

Turner and Ravenel talked about the importance of giving back and the connection they still feel to their former Ohio State teammates.

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