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Oct. 30, 2014

Between the 2014 Ohio State Football Spring game on April 12th and July 25th, The Cronin Family Football Performance Suite came to fruition. The Suite includes the eye catching, state-of-the-art locker room, a therapy pool, a nutrition bar and a lounge. There are 125 metallic and black lockers, approximately 15 of which will be for Buckeyes currently playing in the NFL who wish to use the facility in the off season. The lounge area features multiple flat screen HD televisions and black leather couches. Of special eye appeal is the illuminated waterfall which separates the locker room from the training and therapy area.

“What a beautiful space,” said Mike Penner, Senior Associate Athletics Director. “We were able to transform the space, provide a “WOW” factor and improve the student-athlete experience for our football players. We couldn’t have done it without the Cronin family’s extreme generosity and the excellent work and cooperation demonstrated by the project team.”

Tom Cronin (B.S. `68) is President/CEO of Dayton Freight Lines, Inc., and his brother Mike (B.S. ’78) is Executive Vice President. Together, the Cronin brothers have built Dayton Freight into one of the premier less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation companies in the Midwest. Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight has grown to include over 3,500 employees with 45 Service Centers in 11 states.

Both graduates of The Ohio State University, the Cronin brothers are long time and very proud OSU supporters. There are also 10 members of their immediate family who are OSU alumni. The Cronin legacy continues at Dayton Freight with some family members joining Tom and Mike to help make the company successful – Anthony Rocco, Kelley Recob, Tom Cronin III, Sean Cronin, Ryan Cronin, Debbie Scholz, Madi Noel and Denise Cronin.