Sept. 29, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2004 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic will take place Oct. 2-3 at Fred Beekman Park at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Eighteen teams from the state of Ohio will compete in the fourth-annual softball tournament benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The teams include: Akron, Ashland, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Dayton, Findlay, Kent State, Kenyon, Ohio Dominican, Ohio University, Ohio State, Ohio Wesleyan, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Tiffin, Toledo, Wright State and Youngstown State. Stefanie Spielman will be speaking at 1 p.m. Sunday at Field No. 1.

“We’re excited once again to be hosting the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic and look forward to hosting the 18 schools that are participating in it,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head softball coach, said. “The tournament has given each of the coaches and athletes an opportunity to bring the importance of breast cancer research to the softball community in our home state of Ohio. With the cooperation of the teams, officials, fans and some great volunteers, we hope that the Charity Classic will raise more than $10,000 this year. It’s a ‘can’t-miss’ opportunity to see the best softball in Ohio.”

Fred Beekman Park is a four-field complex located west of State Route 315 at Lane Avenue. Concessions will be available and bleacher seating is limited. Admission to the event will be a $5 donation and all proceeds go directly to the charity. Notably, all of the umpires for this event are donating their time.

Spielman and her husband, former All-Pro NFL linebacker and OSU standout, Chris Spielman, established the Stefanie Spielman Fund. The couple pledged to raise $1 million for breast cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. The goal has been surpassed, but the Spielman’s continue the fight against breast cancer. For information, please log on to the Stephanie Spielman Fund website:

For directions, a schedule of events and additional information about the 2004 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, please go to the and follow the links to the softball home page.

During the three years of the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, the total amount raised for breast cancer research is $24,009.

2003 $9,668 2002 $8,841 *2001 $5,500 —————- Total $24,009

* Ohio Charity Classic was held in Akron at Firestone Stadium