July 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Jim Schaus, Ohio University Director of Athletics announced Wednesday at a press conference the establishment of Varsity Ohio - an exclusive organization for former Bobcat student-athlete alumni.
Through the Varsity Ohio organization, student-athletes will be recognized for their time and commitment to Ohio Athletics. Varsity Ohio is free to join and is open to athletes from all sports, past and present, as well as trainers and managers.
As part of this exclusive membership, Varsity Ohio members will have the opportunity to reconnect with former teammates through the former student-athlete database. Members will also have the opportunity to stay connected with Ohio University Athletics through e-mails, newsletters, invitations to events, and the ability to purchase official apparel.
The former Letterwinner's Association Varsity O, was formed several years ago by student-athletes but has faded in recent years and now it is time to bring back a prestigious organization to honor former student-athletes for their accomplishments and dedication.
The mission of Varsity Ohio is to develop and enrich the relationships between former student-athletes and Ohio Athletics. It is our mission to continue the legacy, tradition and values that come from participation in Ohio Athletics.
-The purpose is to promote an ongoing relationship among former student-athletes and increase alumni support for the athletic programs.
-Build and maintain relationships across different sports, generations and geographical locations.
-Sponsor special events by giving teammates, friends and families the opportunity to come back to campus more often and continue making memories.
-Promote the tradition and success of all student-athletes and recognize the importance and prestige that comes with participating in a varsity sport.
-Help celebrate and uphold the tradition of Ohio Athletics.