Legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes taught those he coached to “pay forward.” Joey Galloway, former wide receiver on the 1991-94 Ohio State football team, is doing just that by accepting the honorary chairmanship of the 37th Annual Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic slated for Monday, June 10, 2013 at the New Albany Country Club.
Organized by the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the golf outing will raise funds to further pediatric research in central Ohio. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities in the United States, supporting basic, clinical, translational and health services research activities at the hospital.
Galloway, a native of Bellaire, OH, played football, basketball and ran track in high school. He was named an All-Ohio in basketball and won the State title in both the 100 and 200 meter dash in track. Galloway was recruited to play college football at Ohio State where he earned many honors and finished in the top 5 all-time in many of Ohio State’s receiving records. During his junior year, he caught 47 passes for 946 yards and tied Cris Carter with a school record of 11 touchdowns. He earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. During his senior year, he made 44 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns, and earned Second-Team All-Big Ten Conference. Galloway finished his college career fourth in both career receptions with 108 and receiving yards with 1,894, and second in touchdown receptions behind Carter with 19.
Galloway was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks eighth overall in the 1995 NFL Draft, and during his 16 seasons in the NFL played for the Seahawks, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Patriots, Steelers and Redskins. Over his 16-year career he played in 198 games, had 701 receptions, 10,950 yards receiving and 77 touchdowns.
Galloway is currently in his second year as an ESPN College Football commentator and lives in Columbus, OH with his wife and two kids.
The 2013 Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic offers many ways to participate. The two most popular are Scarlet Teams – $3,000 team registration for four players; and Gray Teams – $1,500 team registration for two players. Both teams are paired with a local media or sports celebrity. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at the $4,000 level.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. June 10 at the New Albany Country Club. The driving range also opens at this time for practice swings, with the shot-gun start beginning promptly at 10 a.m. All golfers receive lunch, dinner, drinks, a gift package and two tickets to the event’s kick-off party. The Pay It Forward Party will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at The Ivory Room and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music and a silent and live auction.
To reserve a spot in the 2013 Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic, contact Cynthia Laux, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, at (614) 355-0819 or Cynthia.Laux@NationwideChildrens.org.
The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a group of corporate volunteers dedicated to raising money to support the hospital’s mission. The Development Board raised more than $550,000 in 2009 through fundraising events including the Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic, Rock ‘N Bowl and Slice of Columbus. Since its inception in 1971, the Development Board has raised more than $4 million for Nationwide Children’s.