Another Feather in the Cap of Ohio State University’s Sports

While The Ohio State University is already nationally known for its outstanding athletic department and programs, their culture of sportsmanship and excellence has earned them another feather in their cap.

Forbes magazine has listed the department among the 10 best organizations to work for in sports. The article ranks The Ohio State University Athletics Department, which employees some 300 people, as the 4th best among other prestigious organizations such as the Cleveland Cavilers (ranked 2nd).

The article quotes Janine Oman, Associate Athletics Director Sport Administration/Sport Performance as stating:

“The culture of OSU Athletics is one of excellence that is focused on the growth and development of each person. It is an environment where all individuals are valuable members of the team with ideas to contribute and given the opportunity to lead those efforts. The department provides traditional education opportunities as well as engages employees with projects to stretch them and grow new skills. Individuals are given autonomy at the local level to determine what works best for their group. Gene [Smith] truly supports each individual and allows them to lead. It is a culture of we and not me as cliché as that sounds. I am very thankful for the opportunity the Buckeye’s have given me to grow my professional skills.”

The Ohio State Antithetical Department is the only college athletic department to make the list. The others include: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Cavaliers, GMR Marketing, Navigate Research, National Football League, Premier Partnerships, The Aspire Group, RSE Ventures and Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.

The OSU program is an extremely diverse program that supports 36 fully funded varsity sports and maintains many impressive facilities such as the Ohio Stadium, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens Stadium, The Schottenstein Center and golf courses to name a few.

Perhaps most impressive among the department’s attributes is that it receives no state tax or student tuition dollars. The department is fully self-sufficient financially. In 2013 the department gave almost 30 million dollars to the university, 16 million dollars of that included grant-in-aid reimbursements.

This is one instance in which an end zone victory dance seems appropriate.

Jody Victor