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Ohio State student-athletes, coaches and pillar partners are making an impact in central Ohio and beyond. Listed below is a brief outline of how the efforts that are currently being made by these role models can be better organized to deliver a consistent and comprehensive message. This overarching program will highlight the positive community service being performed every day and create a new and uniquely enhanced marketing and communications platform.


  • Organize and highlight current outreach initiatives under an overarching community umbrella
  • Engage, educate and inspire the community
  • Build community goodwill


  • Fitness
  • Wellness
  • Education
  • Public Service


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  • American Heart Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity - Mid-Ohio
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • LifeCare Alliance
  • Rebuilding Together Central Ohio
  • Tech Corps
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • YWCA Columbus
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Salvation Army
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Buckeye Ranch
  • Flying Horse Ranch
  • Special Olympics
  • NCH
  • Children's Hunger Alliance
  • Mid-Ohio Food Bank
  • USO
  • A Kid Again


American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

When Jim Grote founded Donatos Pizza back in 1963, he did it with only $1,300 in his pocket and a simple philosophy: "To serve the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated." Today, this philosophy is still the driving force behind everything the company does. Today, Donatos Pizza is recognized as one of the premier regional pizza chains and #1 Fast Casual pizza chain in the country. Donatos currently operates over 150 restaurants in 6 states (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, and North Carolina) including 64 restaurants in Central Ohio. In 2015, Donatos was inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame, which celebrates America’s oldest and most beloved pizza restaurants. The Donatos Mission of promoting goodwill through product and service, principles and people is lived each day as Donatos has supported over 600 local non-profits through monetary and in-kind contributions this past year.

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations.

Columbus Dispatch Charities' primary purpose is to encourage and support education of the general public, and in particular, youth education in Central Ohio through three program areas (i) education, (ii) youth skills development, and (iii) community service and health care.


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