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May. 2, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics and The Ohio State University are joining together with Columbus Public Schools for CPS Day at Ohio State Wednesday. The day includes 3,500 sixth-grade students and staff from the Columbus Public Schools coming to campus for an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium followed by a sold-out Buckeye baseball game vs. Cleveland State at 12:05 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.

CPS Day is geared to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school.

The sixth-graders, who met an attendance criteria set by their schools, will be welcomed to campus by the Ohio State cheerleaders, mascot Brutus Buckeye and members of the Ohio State band. Archie Griffin, President/CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, Ohio State student-athletes and other guest speakers will participate in the pep rally at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in addition to presentations by the Ohio State ROTC and the OSU Police bomb-sniffing dogs.

The day also features a pre-game lunch at Bill Davis Stadium and a college fair, which includes colleges from across the university setting up displays for the students to learn about the opportunities available at Ohio State.

Dr. Marvenia Bosley, deputy superintendent of Columbus Public Schools, will be throwing out the first pitch along with a selected student. Three students will be guest public address announcers for an inning and selected student reporters are scheduled to meet members of the media.

“Sixth-grade is the perfect time to begin to think about college and a wide range of careers,” Bosley said. “Combining academics with students’ love of and interest in sports can focus them on achieving in school today and living their dreams tomorrow. We want to thank The Ohio State University for giving our students this opportunity to explore a college campus and a glimpse into their future.”

Columbus Public Schools developed a standards-based curriculum oriented around baseball, including the history of baseball, knowledge of the game, baseball statistics and biographies of famous players. The curriculum also encompassed music classes (learning the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”) and art classes, which took part in a baseball game program cover contest.

Planning for the outreach effort has involved Columbus Public Schools, Coca-Cola, Children’s Hunger Alliance and many areas at Ohio State, including the Department of Athletics, the P-12 Project and Student Affairs.

In the case of inclement weather, the pep rally and college fair will take place in St. John Arena at 10 a.m. followed by lunch in French Field House.

Media interested in covering events surrounding the baseball game at Bill Davis Stadium should contact Miranda Zink of Ohio State Athletics Communications by Tuesday.