UPDATE 5/16/18: We're thrilled to announce the great Archie Griffin will be at the dedication ceremony on August 18.
Griffin, as most of you know, is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in NCAA history and finished his career as Ohio State's all-time leading rusher.
Woody himself said it best about Archie: "He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen."
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We're pleased to announce the Woody Hayes Statue dedication ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. on August 18, 2018 at the Newcomerstown Historical Society in Newcomerstown, Ohio.
The outdoor ceremony will be a celebration of Woody's legendary accomplishments highlighted by the unveiling of Mr. Alan Cottrill's statue.
A reception will immediately follow.
Donate at least $500 by end of day on May 1, 2018 to guarantee your name on the plaque next to Woody's statue.
Wayne Woodrow Hayes is synonymous with Ohio State football.
Newcomerstown – a small village of 3,800 people located about an hour northeast of Columbus – shaped the man that would go on to become the winningest coach in Ohio State's rich history.
There's only one problem: Newcomerstown lacks a Woody Hayes statue.
Your friends at Eleven Warriors have teamed up with the Newcomerstown Historical Society to pay it forward and put a statue of Hayes in his hometown.
Joining us is in making this a reality is sculptor Alan Cottrill – the master behind the iconic Hayes statue at Ohio State's football training complex.
Now, we need your help.
Our goal is to raise $40,000 to erect a life-size statue of Woody at the Newcomerstown Historical Society.
This is where you come in, Buckeye Nation.
While we will accept and appreciate any donation, we've created the following tiers to make things easy.
$100: You earn your spot in history with your name on the list of donors on elevenwarriors.com.
$500: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will go on the plaque next to the Hayes statue. Must be received by May 1, 2018 for inclusion.
$1,000: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will appear in a larger font a little further up the plaque next to the Hayes statue. Must be received by May 1, 2018 for inclusion.
$5,000: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will appear in the largest font size near the top of the plaque next to the Hayes statue. Must be received by May 1, 2018 for inclusion.
$10,000: The logo of your business will appear near the top of the plaque next to the Hayes statue. Must be received by May 1, 2018 for inclusion.
Regardless of what you're able to contribute, we at Eleven Warriors offer our sincerest appreciation for your consideration and generosity.
But we have one more favor to ask of you. Please share this page with every Ohio State fan you know.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I give anonymously?
Yes. When donating, you may hide your name from the general public.
What happens if you raise more than $40,000?
Any funds raised above the goal of $40,000 will be donated to the Newcomerstown Historical Society to help with operations, exhibits and more.
What happens if you don't hit your goal?
Mr. Cottrill generously offered to build the statue for our currently raised total but our fundraising efforts are ongoing.
When do you hope to have the statue erected?
We've set the date! The statue will be unveiled Saturday, August 18 at 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Newcomerstown Historical Society.
Will there be a dedication ceremony?
Absolutely. All donors will be invited to the event and we will have a grand old time toasting Woody in his hometown. Join us Saturday, August 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Newcomerstown Historical Society.
- Walt, Marian, John, Grace Murphy
- Judge Steven Hayes
- John, Bobbi, and Camryn Ellis
- Ohio State Athletic Department
- Tom and Sharon Hayes