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The Motorists Insurance Group of Columbus, Ohio has made a commitment of $1.5 million to The Ohio State University Department of Athletics for the construction of a basketball practice facility and capital projects for the football program.

Represented by Chairman, President, and CEO, John Bishop, as well as Executive Vice President Dave Kaufman, The Motorists Insurance Group was recognized at the March 6, 2011 men’s basketball game against Wisconsin.

The Basketball Practice Facility will be the home of the women’s and men’s basketball programs. It will be the only facility in the country with two separate, dedicated practice gyms for each team. Separate auxiliary gyms at the new basketball training complex will allow both teams greater flexibility in scheduling, allowing student-athletes to balance their academic and athletic commitments. Additional space will result in meeting the most important programmatic goals: increased success in student-athlete graduation rates and academic accomplishment.

Coach Thad Matta acknowledged the gift by stating “The Motorists Insurance Group’s commitment to our facility is an amazing thing. This gift will make an immediate impact on our program and puts our young men and women in a position to become the absolute best they can be.”

This new facility will create opportunities for collaboration, team development, and communication among coaches and student-athletes.

The Les Wexner Football Complex at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is heavily utilized by the football program as well as a variety of other varsity sports and youth camps. This state of the art athletic complex also includes the new Harmon Family Football Park.

Coach Tressel added his thanks to The Motorists Insurance Group, “We are so fortunate that we have so many fabulous people and companies that give our kids all of the necessary resources and facilities to help them reach their full potential,” he said.

“The Motorists Insurance Group is proud to be able to make this gift that will help OSU student-athletes reach their full potential,” said Bishop. “The Ohio State athletic program is one of the finest in the nation, and its student-athletes are among the most deserving.”