ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University Director of Athletics Jim Schaus announced a leadership gift of $500,000 from alumni Tom and Gwen Weihe as part of Ohio Athletics’ Campaign for Academic Excellence.

“Tom and Gwen have been tremendous supporters of Ohio Athletics for more than 40 years,” Schaus said. “With this most recent gift, the Weihes continue to establish a legacy as generous donors and tremendous advocates in promoting the development of student-athletes.”
Tom and Gwen Weihe, both 1961 graduates of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, have been mainstays in the Ohio Athletics community since their time in Athens. The Weihes have supported numerous projects, including the renovation of football coaches’ offices and meeting rooms and the renovation of the men’s basketball locker room. Their gift to the Campaign for Academic Excellence will impact directly all Ohio student-athletes by supporting the construction of the Perry & Sandy Sook Academic Center.
“When people walk into Peden Stadium, they’ll see the academic center in the end zone and hopefully understand the mission of Ohio Athletics and why that center is so important,” Tom Weihe said. “We are proud to give back to Ohio because it gives us a feeling that we’re doing something for this University. It’s a way of honoring our parents and those influential people in our lives, but also of giving back to a place that has given us so much joy over the years.”
Tom Weihe, an Ohio varsity soccer player during his time on campus, learned from his father the importance of giving back to those people and places that were instrumental in preparing one for success. The same is true for Gwen Weihe, whose parents’ influence led to a long legacy of giving back.
“Athletics is instrumental to the University landscape because it gets people learning about Ohio University as a whole,” Gwen Weihe said. “We’re just so thrilled because it’s gotten us back involved with the University. There are so many ways to help, and we’re happy to have the ability to continue to support Ohio Athletics.”
As alumni, the act of giving back and remaining involved with Ohio Athletics goes back to the connection the Weihes established years ago as undergraduate students.
“It’s family,” Tom Weihe said. “I would urge everyone to come back if they can and be involved with what is going on in Athens. There are great things happening and great people allowing these things to happen. It’s our `Camelot’ whenever we come down here. We just love it.”
“Although we have had tremendous interest in this critical project, we still have a long way to go to meet our goal of $6 million,” Schaus said. “In order to make this facility become a reality for our student-athletes, we need the support of our fans, friends and alumni.”
To learn more about — or to make a gift to support — the Campaign for Academic Excellence, please contact the Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176 or through email at bobcatclub@Ohio.edu. Those interested also can visit the campaign’s website.