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Nov. 20, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head softball coach, has announced the amount of the final net proceeds generated from the third-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, held Oct. 4-5 in Columbus, Ohio. The event raised $9,668.37, the highest total in the three-year history of the event, which will be donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

“I am pleased that so many teams were able to participate,” Kalafatis said, noting the 2003 event marked the second-consecutive year that Ohio State has hosted the Classic. “I think the event will continue to grow and we are so pleased that it has continued to generate more money.”

Ohio State fashioned a perfect 5-0 record in the two-day tournament, which was attended by 10 of the 11 NCAA Division I softball programs in the state.

“We have had great volunteers, from the umpires to those in the concession stand,” Kalafatis said. “It’s a great event and a wonderful opportunity for so many young softball players to come and see some of the top talent from the state of Ohio.”

The fourth-annual Ohio Charity Classic is schedule for Oct. 2-3, 2004 at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus. The Buckeyes, who posted a 9-0 record during their fall schedule, begin their 2004 spring schedule Feb. 13-15 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Kalafatis, who is in her 8th year at Ohio State, returns 13 letterwinners this season from her 2003 squad, which posted a 26-23 record.