Oct. 13, 2011

Columbus, Ohio – Beautiful weather and plenty of softball action combined to raise more than $12,000 for breast cancer research at the 11th Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic October 8-9 at Fred Beekman Park, hosted by Ohio State softball.

The event has become one of the most involved fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness in Central Ohio, now raising more than $161,000 in the past decade.

“We were proud to host so many teams, volunteers and softball fans at last weekend’s Charity Classic,” says Ohio State coach Linda Kalafatis. “A special thank you to all of our volunteers, including the umpires, trainers, field crew, raffle sellers and the Central Ohio District High School Softball Coaches that work the concession stand. Beside these people, our coaches are the ones who really make this tournament go; I’m not sure Ali Viola, Danielle Henderson and Dana Degen get the “thanks” they deserve. Also, we appreciate the donations that Roosters (coupons), Hostess (buns) and Sodexho (equipment) provide to make this a successful venture.

“There was great competition and terrific weather. I’m happy to say that these teams, volunteers and companies helped us raise $12,000+ for breast cancer research from the 2011 Charity Classic. One look at the tournament programs and you see how many people on these teams have been affected by this disease. We do this tournament in honor of Stefanie Spielman and all those who have been touched by breast cancer. Hopefully some day, we will find a cure.”

A total of 15 teams competed in the event, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The teams participating in the event this year included: Ohio State, Ashland, Capital, Dayton, Denison, Mount Union, Oberlin, Ohio, Ohio Dominican, Otterbein, Toledo, Ursuline, Wittenberg, Wright State and Youngstown State.

The Spielmans, Stefanie and Chris, established the Stefanie Spielman Fund and 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 Fund continues the fight against breast cancer. Spielman passed away Nov. 19, 2009, after a 12-year battle with the disease and is survived by her husband, former Buckeye standout Buckeye linebacker Chris Spielman, and their four children, Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey.