The legendary mascot, Brutus Buckeye, who made his debut in fall 1965 is turning 50 this year and the Ohio State University will be celebrating it with a series of events sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Athletics Department (as well as other university departments).
But it isn’t all about fun and games—the focus of the celebration will be to raise money for scholarship funds for the students who play the role of Brutus. These student performers are considered some of the most dedicated University representatives in the University’s history as they give up their precious time during their education to provide community service.
Before 1965 the Ohio State University had no mascot. That same year a group of students started a movement to create a mascot for their beloved school. In October at the homecoming football game the then unnamed mascot walked down the Ohio Stadium entrance ramp to cheers from the crowd. Soon after this historic moment, Ohio Staters, Inc, who helped the student group pay for the mascot creating, sponsored a contest to name the mascot.
Thus was born Brutus Buckeye!
Brutus has undergone a number of updates through the years, and has become a beloved figure appearing not only at Ohio State sporting events, but also at most major university events.
The yearlong birthday party will also include special recognition for Brutus during the Nov. 7 home football game against Minnesota. There will be a gala celebration the preceding evening to raise funds to fully endow the new Brutus scholarships. In addition, Brutus will serve as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 9.