COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University welcomes Chris Spielman as the keynote speaker of its annual Black & Gold Kickoff Event, which will be held at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 in Alumni Hall, located on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
Spielman, a two-time All-American linebacker at The Ohio State University, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, author, current ESPN analyst and cancer philanthropist, will share how his experience as a student-athlete helped prepare him for success on and off the field.
ODU also is excited to welcome NBC4 Sports Director Jerod Smalley as the event’s emcee.
“The Black & Gold Kickoff is a tremendous event and has played a critical role in our successful transition to the NCAA and GLIAC,” Athletic Director Jeff Blair said. “We’re excited to have Chris join us for this year’s event. His reputation, both in the community and nationally, is second to none. We’re privileged to have the opportunity to share this evening with him and hear his inspirational story.”
The Black & Gold Club provides financial support for ODU intercollegiate athletics, and assists student-athletes, coaches and Athletic Department staff in achieving success on and off the field. The fundraiser includes a dinner, silent and live auctions, and a raffle.
Last year’s Black & Gold Event was the most successful to date, raising approximately $102,000 for athletics. Since its inception in 2010, the Black & Gold auction has raised more than $240,000 thanks to the generosity of ODU supporters.
ODU sponsors 18 varsity athletics programs and competes as a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.
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