Oct. 20, 2011

The Ohio State University Spirit Program is a constant source of support at all athletics events. The Spirit Program is under the direction of Head Coach Lenee’ Buchman. Along with her coaching staff, Dana Bumbrey and Eddie Hollins with the cheerleading program, Melissa McGhee and Patrick Charmicheal with the dance team. This team of coaches has brought new changes and successes to the program.

The Ohio State Spirit Program attends university events, fundraisers, charity events, and campus wide events throughout the year along with all their designated sporting events. They are the ambassadors to the University.

For information on the Spirit Program or camps and clinics that are offered be sure to check the website: or the camps and clinic site: to get involved with the Buckeye Spirit Program.

Buckeye History: One of the more visible symbols of Ohio State athletics for more than 40 years is Brutus Buckeye, the school’s mascot. In 1965 an art student designed and introduced the first Brutus, while the name was chosen in a contest. The mascot began to hardened paper-mache affair that looked like a bowling ball with legs. In 1975, a radical new Brutus was designed with a prune-like head and a man’s body. That attempt was booed off the field and was re-worked, giving way to a mascot comparable to the beloved present-day Brutus.

The Original choices for Ohio State’s mascot included a ram, and elk, a moose and the leading candidate, a male deer. Due to the skittish nature of deer the idea of a mascot was tabled until January 1941 when “Chris, a German police dog owned by an assistant cheerleader, made an appearance at a basketball game. The dog’s career was short lived and OSU remained without an official mascot until the 1960s.