The Sandhills Buckeye Club was formed in 2007 in the heart of Moore County by a small group of alumni and fans.

The club’s membership has grown to include a combination of Ohio State alumni and avid Buckeye fans in the areas surrounding Fort Bragg.

The club has two “Buckeye Game Watch” locations. On the Southern Pines side of Fort Bragg, a large group meets at Buffalo Wild Wings on U.S. 1 in Southern Pines, while a second group, on the Fayetteville side of Fort Bragg, meets at the Carolina Ale House on Glensford Drive.

The club’s members have raised and donated more than $100,000 during the past 12 years. This money was raised through members’ donations, various fundraising activities and club dues.

Approximately two-thirds of the monies raised have provided academic scholarships to 37 students, who have, or are currently attending The Ohio State University. This year, the club is supporting three local area students at OSU.

The club also donates approximately one-third of the funds to charities which fight cancers. The club’s cancer donations are earmarked for research and development, as well as helping families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer and require long-term treatments.

Beyond supporting scholarships and cancer charities, the club has also donated locally to Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills, worked with Moore County’s Special Olympics, helped to support the annual Aberdeen Reindeer Fun Run, donated to the local food bank and Back Pack Pals, as well as making donations to the Friend to Friend program.

“Supporting the students at Ohio State from our area, helping to fight cancer, as well as helping in the local community are our club’s annual goals,” says a spokesman. “Our club believes in paying it forward.”

Those interested in learning more about the Sandhills Buckeye Club should email sandhillsbuckeyes@gmail.com, or visit the Facebook page, the Sandhills Buckeyes.

“Leave us a message and we will gladly get back to you,” says the spokesman. “Any avid Buckeye fan is welcome to join our gatherings. Go Bucks!”

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