Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and men's basketball coach Thad Matta love promoting their programs while also raising money for a good cause.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and men's basketball coach Thad Matta love promoting their programs while also raising money for a good cause.

The two were able to do both during the 30th annual Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic on July 11 at Scioto Reserve.

With proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, event organizers estimate about $300,000 was raised.

Matta and Meyer were honorary co-chairs of the event, and both discussed the state of their programs with the golfers, fans and sponsors in attendance.

"You wish you could do them all (fundraisers), but this is one we'll never miss," Meyer said. "We believe in Dee (Anders), believe in the house and it's a great event."

Anders is the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Matta, who is preparing to begin his 13th season with the Buckeyes, said last year was frustrating but he's looking forward to what's ahead for his program.

After the season ended, Matta said he expressed his feelings with his players.

"I said, No. 1, I'm tired of the B.S. I'm going back to coaching basketball. I'm going back to running this program the way we did when we got here," Matta said. "The second thing is some of you are going to transfer. You don't know it yet, but whatever you do don't come see me. Just shoot me a text, because I'm tired of looking at you. And we got rid of some guys that we needed to get rid of. We got rid of problems, but we kept solutions."

Meyer, who is entering his fifth season, realizes expectations remain high with his program.

"We lost a lot of great players, but the good news is we recruited very hard and I'm very anxious, as Thad is, to coach this team coming up," Meyer said.

He also spoke about his team's 42-13 win at Michigan last season.

"They went into a stadium with over 110,000 people who thought they had us and a group of players said they're not going to get us," Meyer said. "They played their best. That was the best football game I've ever been a part of in a long time against a very good team that was riding high."

Mortellaro, who lives in Mount Vernon, established the golf tournament to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities while serving as a board member.

The event now is considered the largest and longest-running fundraiser for the organization, which provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children.

"We've fallen in love with the Ronald McDonald House," Matta said. "For 13 years ... it's been something our family has been a part of. It's amazing what has been accomplished and the millions of dollars that's been raised."

The tournament was held at the Country Club at Muirfield Village, Double Eagle, Scioto Reserve and Wedgewood as more than 400 golfers participated. An awards ceremony and live and silent auctions were held at Scioto Reserve.

"The Columbus people are so generous," Mortellaro said. "To get 400 golfers to play golf, that's huge. This is near and dear to my heart."

Mortellaro said former Ohio State football coaches John Cooper and Jim Tressel, along with former men's basketball coach Randy Ayers, also have joined in the effort to raise money for the organization.

Each year during the tournament, the Ronald McDonald House highlights a central Ohio family affected by an illness.

This year, the Smith family of Mount Vernon shared the story of their son, Will, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident in 2011 in Nebraska. Will suffered a traumatic brain injury and is confined to a wheelchair. He was able to meet Matta and Meyer and pose for a photo with the coaches.

Will's father, Peter, reflected on what the Ronald McDonald House meant for his family during their stay following the accident.

"The Ronald McDonald House gave us more time holding, talking to and participating in the healing of our severely injured son," Peter said.

Items offered during the live and silent auctions included Ohio State football and men's basketball memorabilia and packages to attend football and basketball games. Meyer's wife, Shelley, assisted in the live auction.

The award winners from the sixth annual Joe Mortellaro Youth Golf Classic on June 20 at Mount Vernon Country Club also were recognized during the banquet and were able to meet Matta and Meyer and pose for photos.

The junior golfers raised nearly $29,000.

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