ODU, UF Presidential Wager Benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank

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Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and The University of Findlay have teamed up to donate 2,278 pounds of food and 10 turkeys to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank this holiday season, fulfilling a wager made between the universities’ presidents on the outcome of their Oct. 17 nationally televised football game on the CBS Sports Network. ODU won the game 41-21. 

ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. presented the winnings to Greg Winslow, vice president for Development at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The presentation is included in a light-hearted video co-produced by the schools that features both presidents participating in settling the bet. The video can be viewed here. 

Cimbolic and Findlay President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. made the following wager prior to the game: 

  • The losing school agrees to donate 10 turkeys to the winning school’s local food bank, which also receives all food donations collected at the football game.  
  • The losing university’s president must wear the winning school’s football jersey in a YouTube video. 

“This is a wonderful and meaningful way to conclude an exciting moment for both of our outstanding universities, and a great opportunity to serve those who are most in need,” said Cimbolic. “This wager ensures that regardless of the outcome of the game, everyone is a winner.” 

The donation includes food collected during the month of October by students involved in ODU’s Campus Ministry. ODU’s food services partner, Sodexo, matched the contribution of 1,139 pounds of food to double the universities’ total gift. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.