Champion of Sports: Meet Ohio athletics heroes at new exhibit

When you think of Ohio sports, you probably think of the Buckeyes, the Browns, the Bengals, and the Reds. But, behind the big names and bright lights are sports organizations all over the state who have helped build a reputation of hard work, dedication, and glory here in Ohio.

And that, dear readers, is exactly what the new Champion of Sports Exhibit at the Ohio History Connection aims to demonstrate.

“The Ohio Roller Derby. Doug Brown and his skateboards. The Toledo Mudhens. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Buster Douglas. Sarah Fisher and Katie Smith. All of these stories are unique Ohio stories and in just eight short months we will launch an exhibit that will share all of these stories and more,” reads the exhibit website.


Champion of Sports will feature recorded interviews by the players, coaches, and owners who made Ohio athletics what they are today. From the past, present, and future, guests will be able to interact with sports through the years and have a chance to contribute their ideas and photos to the exhibit.

Buster Douglas of the Bengals are Jim Tressel of the Buckeyes are among the exclusive interviews you’ll see at the exhibit. The rest you’ll just have to see to find out!

The exhibit is set to open March 16, 2019 and run through Labor Day 2020.

Want to be one of the first to experience Champion of Sports? Join (614) and the Ohio History Connection for a night of food, drinks, and, of course sports on March 21 from 6-8pm.

Each $15 ticket gets you:

  • Entry into the interactive exhibit
  • 2 Ezra Brooks cocktails
  • Mini Sandwiches provided by City BBQ
  • Dessert provided by Hot Chicken Takeover and The Cheesecake Girl
  • Sports Trivia


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