COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University and football coach Bill Conley have partnered with the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Make-A-Wish Foundation as organizations that would receive donations should Conley be selected as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
The winning coach receives $50,000 to donate to charity, as well as a $20,000 scholarship to the university. Fan voting for the award has started and runs daily through Dec. 22. Fans can vote at www.CoachoftheYear.com or facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear.
The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer. 100 percent of every gift to the fund goes directly to research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. More than $11 million has been raised for breast cancer research through the Fund.
Conley coached Chris Spielman, Stefanie's husband, at Ohio State in the 1980s, and Chris Spielman was the keynote speaker at Ohio Dominican's Fourth Annual Black & Gold Club Fundraiser last August. Stefanie Spielman passed away in November, 2009, after a long battle with breast cancer.
Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus helps treat more than a million children each year. In 2012 alone, Nationwide Children's Hospital provided more than $96 million in charity care and community benefit services. A national center for gene therapy for neurological diseases and a national leader in using tissue engineering to grow pediatric heart vessels, Nationwide Children's Hospital is home to more than 130 child health scientists and 1,000 research staff.
Additionally, Nationwide Children's Hospital provides the sports medicine services for Ohio Dominican's 18 varsity intercollegiate athletics, helping in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment efforts of over 400 student-athletes.
In 2003 the NCAA Division II established a national alliance with Make-A-Wish®, a global charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes.
Since inception, the NCAA Division II has raised more than $2.4 million in support of the Make-A-Wish mission. All are working toward the same cause – to grant the most heartfelt wish of every eligible child in the United States.
Since Conley's arrival at Ohio Dominican in 2010, the football team has dedicated over 10,000 hours to community service, working with various veterans' groups, children's groups and other organizations.
On the field, ODU completed the 2013 season with a 10-1 record, winning its first GLIAC title since joining the conference in 2010 and qualifying for the NCAA playoffs for the first time as well.
Contact: Scott Miles