Gate Proceeds from Ohio State Baseball Home Opener Wednesday will go to Funds Established
for the Bluffton University Baseball Team
Funds established for the baseball team's student-athletes involved in a fatal charter
bus accident March 2
March 26, 2007
Baseball/OSU Contact: Jeff Wuerth (614-247-5232 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced Monday
the gate proceeds from the Buckeyes' baseball home opener Wednesday will go to two
funds established for the Bluffton University baseball team. The Buckeyes take on
Toledo at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.
The proceeds will go to the two funds established for the Bluffton baseball team's
student-athletes involved in a fatal charter bus accident March 2 in Atlanta. The
bus was on its way to Florida for the team's first games of the 2007 season. Five
student-athletes, Zachary Arend (Oakwood, Ohio), David Betts (Bryan, Ohio), Scott
Harmon (Lima, Ohio), Cody Holp (Arcanum, Ohio), Tyler Williams (Lima, Ohio) and the
bus driver, Jerome Niemeyer, and his wife, Jean Niemeyer, both of Columbus Grove,
Ohio, were killed in the accident.
"It's such a tragedy," Bob Todd, Ohio State head coach said. "I've been in the front
seat of a bus many times and it easily could have been me and Ohio State. Anything
we can do at all to try and help ease the pain is the right thing to do. Our thoughts
and prayers are with those young men and their families."
There are two separate funds that have been established, one that will provide support
for the student-athletes and one to create a lasting campus memorial. Below is the
information on both funds.
To provide support for the student athletes
A fund has been established at Citizens National Bank for the Bluffton University
baseball team student-athletes. Contributions can be made by check payable to Bluffton
University and mailed to Citizens National Bank, 102 S. Main Street, Bluffton, Ohio
45817. Please note "Baseball Team" in the check's memo line. Credit card contributions
can be made by calling 419-358-3324 during the university's business hours. Funds
will be available to the baseball players involved in the accident and their families.
To establish a lasting memorial
A Bluffton University fund has also been established to create a lasting campus memorial. Contributions
can be made by check payable to Bluffton University and mailed to 1 University Drive,
Bluffton, Ohio 45817-2104. Please note "Baseball Team Memorial" in the check's memo
line. Credit card contributions can be made online at http://www.bluffton.edu/giving/baseball07/ or by phoning the university advancement office at 419-358-3240. If giving online,
please select the option "other" for the designation and type in "baseball memorial."