COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Varsity “O” Women’s Alumnae Society has selected the honorees for its 2012 awards, as Sally Dellinger will receive the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award and Jan Wolfe is the Barbie Tootle Buckeye Spirit Award recipient. Dellinger and Wolfe will be recognized during Hall of Fame weekend Sept. 14-15.
The Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award, named in honor of the long-time Ohio State administrator and coach, pays tribute to and extends recognition to those individuals who, through their careers, have contributed to the honor and fame of The Ohio State University through the field of athletics by continuing to demonstrate, in their daily lives, the values learned in intercollegiate athletics and have continued the advancement of women’s athletics.
Dellinger, a captain of the Buckeye women’s basketball team and a member of the softball team, worked in the Ohio State School of Physical Activity and Educational Services for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2007 after serving as the associate director since 1998.
Dellinger began her career at the high school level, where she taught health and physical education and coached basketball, volleyball, softball, field hockey and track and field, first at Northwestern High School and then at Grandview Heights High School. She then began an 11-year tenure at Denison University where she taught health and physical education, oversaw a teaching/coaching curricula and served as a coach for volleyball, track and field and basketball, among other duties.
Dellinger joined the Ohio State staff in 1988 as a program manager and lecturer in the School of Physical Activity and Education Services before assuming the role of associate director in 1998. She was responsible for the administrative detail of the academic curricula, which included sport and leisure studies, sport management, exercise science, physical education and the sport, fitness, and health program. The School of PAES initiated the Sally Dellinger Major of the Year Award in 2006 and she received a meritorious award from the School of HPER Alumni Association in 1997.
Dellinger was a four-year letterwinner on the Ohio State women’s basketball team from 1964-68 and was a captain from 1966-68. She also was a softball letterwinner from 1964-66. She was a member of the Women’s Varsity “O” Formation Committee in 1992 and served on the society’s board of directors from 1992-2000, including a term as president (1997-98). Dellinger earned her bachelor’s degree in 1968 in health and physical education and her master’s degree in physical education – teaching methods in 1972.
The Barbie Tootle Buckeye Spirit Award was created by the Varsity “O” Women’s Alumnae to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated unconditional loyalty and support of women’s athletics at The Ohio State University. The goal is to thank those individuals that personify the unique character which sets them apart as a women’s sports advocate and to bring to light the consistent support for women’s athletics that our award winners demonstrate.
A Racine, Ohio, native Wolfe, the daughter of an Ohio State graduate and a Buckeye fan throughout her life, was raised in a family that had a passion for education and sports. She was convinced she would play sports growing up, but unfortunately that was at a time girls did not participate in sports, team or otherwise. She even learned to bat lefthanded because she thought it would help her get to the big leagues faster.
Wolfe completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University before coming to Columbus to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio State. She spent most of her career with the federal government (Small Business Administration) in legal and management positions in Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago and Washington. Her career enabled her to see and help with a dramatic increase in the number of women-owned businesses across the country.
Upon retirement, Wolfe, a two-time breast cancer survivor, moved back to Columbus. After keeping up with Ohio State at alumni functions and sporting events in each city she lived in (particularly the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis), Wolfe has been able to become even more involved with the school and the athletics department. In addition to attendance at numerous events, especially women’s basketball, she has endowed a scholarship for a women’s basketball player in her parents’ name, made a contribution to the new basketball practice facility in memory of her brother and gives annually to women’s sports at Ohio State.