Oct. 22, 2004

ATTENTION BUCKEYE FANS. The Official Team Shop, in conjunction with Athletic Department marketing partners, Kroger, Speedway SuperAmerica, and Donatos Pizzeria are currently offering a series of Russian style wooden nesting dolls. StackerdollsTM featuring Ohio State football icons Archie Griffin, Chris Spielman and Eddie George are in production and are the featured collectible this fall for the Department of Athletics Legends of The Shoe marketing program. The Woody Hayes StackerdollTM was introduced earlier this year by The Official Team Shop in conjunction with central Ohio Kroger locations.

StackerdollsTM are the latest in a series of collectibles which have been introduced by The Official Team Shop and partners since the Legends of The Shoe program was developed in the fall of 2000. Bobble head dolls, featuring many of the same former Buckeye legends, had been the featured collectible since the fall of 2001 when the first Woody Hayes bobble head was introduce by the Athletic Department in conjunction with Donatos Pizzeria. The Woody Hayes StackerdollTM features five wooden nesting dolls depicting Coach Hayes in his traditional game day uniform: a white shirt, tie, and black block O hat. The backside of the first three Woody StackerdollsTM feature prominent statistics from Coach Hayes’ career at Ohio State.

The fall 2004 StackerdollTM program began with the introduction of the Archie Griffin three piece StackerdollTM at central Ohio Kroger locations and The Official Team Shop the week of August 30, 2004. The Official Team Shop also gives the serious collector the opportunity to purchase an additional two units of the Archie Griffin StackerdollTM. The purchase of the additional two units, which is available for sale exclusively at The Official Team Shop, will enable the serious collector to match the Woody Hayes program and complete a five piece collectible.

Speedway SuperAmerica is the featured University marketing partner for the third Legend of The Shoe StackerdollTM. Chris Spielman StackerdollsTM are also available now at The Official Team Shop and Speedway SuperAmerica locations throughout Ohio. Donatos Pizzeria is where the forth stackerdollTM, Eddie George can noe be found. As with the Archie StackerdollTM, The Official Team Shop will be the exclusive retail destination for the two piece Spielman and Eddie StackerdollsTM which will allow the serious collector to complete a five unit collectible. Buckeye fans living outside Columbus can purchase all four StackerdollsTM online at The Official Team Shop website

Look for the Legends of The Shoe StackerdollsTM to be featured on the video board during each football home game this fall. As in the past, the athletic department video board crew, headed by Mark Smith, has unique plans for the StackerdollTM program. Plans are also in place to continue a series of new StackerdollTM introductions this holiday and into 2005.

StackerdollsTM are manufactured by Globex International, Dallas, TX and were introduced to the University by former Buckeye student athlete, Michael DiSabato. DiSabato’s firm, Silver Knight Sales & Marketing by partnering with The Official Team Shop, has played an integral part in the development and implementation of The Legend of The Shoe program. Silver Knight and The Official Team Shop also part of The Legends of The Shoe line are throwback jerseys, tee shirts, plush bears, Memory Balls, and now StackerdollsTM.