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Aug. 8, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide announced today a multi-year sponsorship of all 36 varsity sports at The Ohio State University.

Nationwide is a strong supporter of Ohio State on the academic and philanthropic front, contributing to advancing education and technology. Nationwide is building on its commitment to the university and community by supporting Ohio State athletics across all varsity sports.

“From football to soccer to lacrosse, we hope our support makes a difference,” said Amy Shore, Nationwide Insurance’s regional vice president of Ohio and West Virginia. “We’ve also extended our sponsorship beyond athletics by providing the best band in the land with the best new uniforms.”

The partnership also includes sponsorship of Block “O” student spirit group, the Buckeye Championship Sports Tour, the Scarlet & Gray Football Game and Skull Sessions. Nationwide’s logo will appear on signage in the Ohio Stadium, on ticketbacks and on all sports schedule cards and posters.

Nationwide and Ohio State have a long history of serving the community. Nationwide’s support for OSU spans 55 years and areas of focus include agriculture, health, business, diversity and now athletics. The relationship has improved diversity programs a both institutions and provides scholarships that enable more students to experience OSU.

“This sponsorship is a commitment to further the roles of both organizations as leading community partners,” Shore said.

“In virtually every venue in which our student athletes perform, if you look around, you will notice that, indeed, Nationwide is on our side,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State University Director of Athletics. “For that we thank them and promise to be good partners for many years to come.”

Based in Columbus, Nationwide, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $157 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #99 on the Fortune 100 list. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, homeowners, life, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mutual funds, pensions and long-term savings plans. The Nationwide companies include the country’s seventh-largest property/casualty, the fourth-largest homeowners, the sixth-largest auto insurance group and the country’s largest farm owners insurer. Nationwide Life Insurance Company, the major subsidiary of Nationwide Financial, ranks 11th in assets according to A.M. Best. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

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