ATHENS, Ohio — As part of Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio Athletics has surpassed its departmental goal of $22.5 million toward the overall $450 million Campaign goal.

“The Promise Lives Campaign for Intercollegiate Athletics” was initiated with the focus of supporting Ohio Athletics through a multi-faceted approach. The Campaign includes opportunities for capital improvements to the campus environment, enriching the student-athlete experience, and leaving a legacy for future Bobcats through bequests and other planned gifts. With over $25 million in current gifts from over 7,000 donors, half of whom are Ohio alumni, Ohio Athletics is proud to be part of the more than $480 million raised through the University-wide The Promise Lives Campaign.

“We are extremely grateful and proud to announce the attainment of our athletic goal in regards to The Promise Lives Campaign,” said Director of Athletics Jim Schaus. “The success of this Campaign was made possible by the tremendous commitment of those who have invested in the betterment of the student-athlete experience here at Ohio.”

“The Promise Lives Campaign for Intercollegiate Athletics” helped fund numerous athletic facilities projects which will benefit all Bobcat student-athletes for years to come. The cornerstone of the Campaign was the completion of the $12.5 million Walter Fieldhouse in 2014. Walter Fieldhouse is now an integral part of the Athens campus and also serves as an educational and recreational space for the entire student body. Cosmetic and structure upgrades to the Convocation Center totaled $2 million and a separate $325,000 renovation project resulted in the establishment of the Tom and Gwen Weihe Men’s Basketball Locker Room. Furthermore, the Campaign also raised $225,000 for updates to the football locker room at Peden Stadium to which over 100 former players gave in support of the effort.

A current project in conjunction with The Promise Lives Campaign is the “Campaign for Academic Excellence,” which is securing support for the Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center. With more than $4 million raised, as of March 1, toward a $6 million goal, the Sook Academic Center will provide upgraded classrooms, study rooms and a conducive learning environment for Ohio student-athletes.

Walter Fieldhouse, named in recognition of a lead gift from 1967 graduates Robert and Margaret M. (Peggy) Walter, is the latest building on campus to bear the Walter name and will serve as a lasting reminder of the Walter family’s impact on Ohio. The “Campaign for Academic Excellence,” highlighted by a lead gift from 1980 graduates Perry and Sandy Sook, demonstrates the importance of and investment in the academic resources provided to Ohio student-athletes.

In recognition of our many generous donors to “The Promise Lives Campaign for Intercollegiate Athletics,” Ohio Athletics plans to establish a “Wall of Champions” outside Gate 1 of Peden Stadium. The Wall of Champions will recognize donors whose Campaign commitments to Intercollegiate Athletics total $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 or more. Gifts and pledges to Ohio Athletics from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2015 will count toward individual donor Campaign totals.

“The Peden Stadium Wall of Champions is one of the many things we are doing to say thank you to alumni, friends and fans of Ohio Athletics,” said Schaus. “When Bobcat fans walk through Gate 1 of Peden, they’ll be able to recognize those who have continued to keep the promise of Ohio Athletics alive well into the future.”

In the coming weeks, the Ohio Bobcat Club will be following up with those who are currently eligibility for recognition on the “Wall of Champions”. For more information on how you can participate in “The Promise Lives Campaign for Intercollegiate Athletics” or support Ohio Athletics in other ways, please contact The Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176 or email us at bobcatclub@Ohio.edu.

The Promise Lives Campaign surpassed its $450 million goal in May 2014. To date, Campaign donors have committed more than $480 million to Ohio’s students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities. Several colleges and units have exceeded their individual Campaign goals: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Intercollegiate Athletics, University Libraries and the Division of Student Affairs.

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