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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2007
Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Buckeye Athletic Director Gene Smith keynote speaker for Spring for Scholarships event

The Ohio State University at Lima will host its Fourth Annual Spring for Scholarships Dinner and Auction on Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Shawnee Country Club with special guest OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for Ohio State Lima students.

Smith was named director of athletics at The Ohio State University in 2005. He is the eighth person to hold the position at Ohio State and the first African-American to do so. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Smith spent five years as director of athletics at Arizona State. He also has been the director of athletics at Iowa State and Eastern Michigan universities.

According to the Ohio State Department of Athletics, Smith oversees a program that features 36 varsity sports, has more than 900 student-athletes on its rosters and has an operating budget of $92 million. It is the nation\'s largest Division 1-A athletics program and is completely self sufficient, receiving no tax dollars, university money or student fees.

Individual tickets and various levels of sponsorship for the Spring for Scholarships event are available. A Sponsor’s Reception will be held prior to the program with limited space available. For more information on ticket prices and sponsorship levels, please contact the Office of Development at (419) 995-8260.

There will be both silent and live auction items available. The silent auction will take place throughout the evening and the live auction will begin following Smith’s remarks. Items include autographed athletic memorabilia, jewelry, services and other special gifts from local businesses and Buckeye fans.

For tickets or more information, please contact the Office of Development at (419) 995-8260.