Oct. 29, 2014

The spirit of giving – the belief that one should “pay forward,” as Woody Hayes once so aptly described – is what defines the Ohio State experience. In 2005 the Department of Athletics created the “Pay Forward Society” to distinguish a special group of benefactors, whether individual or group, who have provided single gifts of $5 million or more to Ohio State athletics projects.

“The Pay Forward Society enables our department to recognize and thank people who have supported us at the highest level,” said Gene Smith, Director of Athletics. “Their investments in our athletics program are leadership gifts that significantly transform our ability to offer stellar programs and facilities for our student-athletes.”

Gifts made by current members of the Pay Forward Society have transformed athletics at Ohio State resulting in new facilities like the Jerome Schottenstein Center, McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion and Harmon Family Football Park, the renovation of Ohio Stadium and future projects like the Covelli Center. For more information about the Pay Forward Society, visit