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"Pay it forward"

January 01, 2013

"You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward." -- Coach Woody Hayes


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Five-time National Championship winner. Two-time National Coach of the Year. Renowned Michigan beater.

Ohio State's Woody Hayes is a Buckeye icon for good reason.

Now--with the 100-year anniversary of his Feb. 14, 1913, birth approaching--the university is gearing up for a celebration worthy of the man who inspired Buckeyes to "pay it forward."

Find out how you can honor Hayes:

Join the party--and pay it forward: On Feb. 15, Ohio State honors Woody and his wife, Anne, with a tribute gala. Register for the event. Or pay it forward with a gift to causes close to the couple's hearts: the National Security Studies fund named for Woody or a scholarship fund for Social Work students in Anne's name.

Check out Hayes's couch (on the web and in person): "From Woody's Couch"--University Archives' blog dedicated to Ohio State history--is named for the sofa in Hayes's office. Now through the end of February, the couch is on display at Thompson Library, along with other artifacts from Hayes's life.

Brush up on your Hayes history: Did you know that the coach was active in politics, maintaining friendships with Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan? That he was a military history buff? That he was an active supporter of children's charities? Find out more about Hayes's life off the field in the libraries' web exhibit.

Get to know the family: The Hayeses' only child, Steve Hayes, has been asked the same question for decades: What was the real Woody Hayes like? The retired Columbus municipal court judge has stopped answering that question--but recently told the Ohio State Alumni Magazine about his mother, Anne. Read the story.

Be part of the student celebration: A movie night. A Woody Hayes trivia contest. Even a chance to get a photo with a Hayes look-alike--students can participate in several ways. Find out about Student Life events honoring Hayes.