Oct. 20, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a beautiful day in Columbus, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team closed out its fall schedule with the inaugural CJD Memorial Fall Classic. The event featured three games involving Ohio State, Canisius and Ohio Wesleyan and was played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and fields outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The CJD Memorial Fall Classic honored the life of and lives saved by Colleen J. Dobbins, the daughter of Ohio State assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife, Erin. Colleen passed away suddenly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital March 24, 2011, at 5 ½ months old. With the help of Lifeline of Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Colleen became an organ donor and saved the lives of two other children.
“I can’t think of a better way to wrap our fall season,” Coach Dobbins said. “The support we have received from the Ohio State Department of Athletics and the greater lacrosse community has been tremendous. This was a really special day for Erin and me to be able to honor Colleen in this way and raise money for an organization we know will provide unparalleled care and comfort to families that have children in need of care.”
More than $5,000 was raised at the event through admission, concessions and donations for the CJD Memorial Fund to help support the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) as well as the Reach Out and Read program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Reach Out and Read program partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The program works to provide children 6 months through 5 years with a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and keep during well-child visits in addition to having doctors speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to young children every day. Nationwide Children’s had representatives at the stadium during the day to provide information to fans.
Lifeline of Ohio had representatives at the stadium for the event and registered six Ohio residents as organ donors. Many attendees were able to verify their status as organ donors with the organization and in addition, fans from out of state were directed how to become donors in their home states.
The CJD Memorial Fall Classic was a family-friendly event and included face painting and coloring stations for children, provided by the Ohio State women’s lacrosse and synchronized swimming teams. Students and teachers from St. Francis DeSales volunteered throughout the day to run concessions and tickets.