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April
2011
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12:00 AM
America/New_York

Jesse Owens 75th Anniversary Celebration kicks off Thursday (4/21) with statue unveiling and scholarship dinner

A statue unveiling and scholarship dinner honoring Ohio State track and field legend Jesse Owens will take place Thursday (4/21), kicking off a weekend of activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of his historic performance in the 1936 Olympic Games.

The unveiling will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Owens Memorial Stadium, 250 Fred Taylor Dr. Members of the Owens family, the Ohio State track and field teams and alumni are expected to attend. The scholarship dinner with ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap and comedian Bill Cosby will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Union, 1738 N. High St. Proceeds will benefit the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars program.

Owens was known as "The Buckeye Bullet" where he set three world records and tied a fourth during a brief 45-minute period at the Big Ten Championships in 1935. The following year, Owens became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in one Olympiad. The feat defeated Adolf Hitler's intention of proving Aryan superiority at the Games and elevated Owens as an international hero.

The entire schedule of events planned in honor of Owens is available at: http://www.osu.edu/jesseowens/

Reporters note: Contact Liz Cook (614) 292-7276 for any special arrangements needed in covering these events.

WHAT: Jesse Owens 75th Anniversary Celebration kicks off with statue unveiling and scholarship dinner on Thursday (4/21)

WHEN/WHERE: 1:30 p.m. – Statue unveiling at Owens Memorial Stadium, 250 Fred Taylor Dr.
7 p.m. – Owens Scholarship Dinner at the Ohio Union, 1738 N. High St.