Joe Theismann to Headline ODU's 2014 Black & Gold Club Kickoff Event

Joe Theismann

2014-02-12

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University welcomes legendary quarterback and broadcaster Joe Theismann as the keynote speaker of the Fifth Annual Black & Gold Club Kickoff Event, which takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Ohio Dominican’s Alumni Hall. 

Theismann, a 12-year NFL veteran, played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds the Washington Redskins’ records for passing yardage, completions and attempts.  A two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1983 MVP, Theismann led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to share the stage with former NFL great Joe Theismann during our Fifth Black & Gold Club Kickoff event,” said Jeff Blair, Ohio Dominican’s Athletic Director. “This event has grown to be one that we look forward to each year as an opportunity to share our success with the community. The support we raise for Ohio Dominican student-athletes has a direct effect on the growing success of our athletic department.” 

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. 

“Thanks to this event, our student-athletes achieved new levels of success in 2013, winning conference championships on the field and setting records in the classroom,” said Blair. “The resources provided by the Black & Gold Club truly allow us to compete at a high level both on and off the field of play.” 

Since its inception in 2010, the event has raised more than $300,000 for Ohio Dominican athletics. 

Theismann joins a distinguished group of speakers at the annual event, including Jim Tressel, Archie Griffin, Clark Kellogg and Chris Spielman. He earned All-American honors at the University of Notre Dame during his collegiate playing days and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1971. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. 

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 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 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. 

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