Giving is a family affair for the Cranes. Known in Columbus for their philanthropic spirit, the Cranes recently pledged $13.5 million to make Ohio State home to the country’s largest, most comprehensive sports medicine facility. The family's gift also funds the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Loann Crane Advanced Language Institute.
The 140,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Institute is named for Jameson Crane, a former Ohio State football team member, 1947 graduate of Ohio State, and chairman emeritus of the Crane Group, a family-owned, private holding and management company based in Columbus.
The institute will provide space for Ohio State’s collaborative, innovative sports medicine program. Plans include doctors’ offices, large-scale human performance labs, sophisticated imaging facilities, computer modeling and biodynamics labs, physical therapy and rehab areas, and surgical suites designed for observation and training.
“Our family is intrinsically tied to Ohio State, and we are thrilled to be able to make this contribution,” says Jameson Crane. “I get a great measure of happiness seeing an impact like this made in my lifetime, and am grateful beyond measure to the three generations of my family who have banded together to make this dream donation a reality.”