The Ohio State University Department of Athletics’ Buckeye Club and the Ohio Farmers Union are teaming up with others in Ohio agriculture to build support for OSU’s student athletes through a unique program aimed at Ohio farmers.
Through Grow Forward, Ohio farmers will be able to donate bushels of grain and corn at their local elevator. Proceeds will benefit Buckeye scholar-athletes. Farmers who donate will earn at a minimum a football season ticket application and various premiums over and beyond that according to how much they donate. Premiums include football parking passes, men’s basketball practice passes, seats in an OSU luxury suite for a football game and walk-on golf course privileges among other exclusive rewards.
How Grow Forward Works
- A farmer or worker pulls a truck into grain elevator.
- The elevator manager asks what portion of the load the farmer would like to donate to the Buckeye Club.
- The elevator processes the sale and communicates the scale ticket to the new donor. They then communicate receipt information to both the Buckeye Club and the new donor.
- At the end of the month, the elevator will send Ohio State Athletics a check for the amount donated at the elevator with a report including each of the participant’s names, bushels, donated amount, and their contact information.
- The Buckeye Club recognizes the farmer’s charitable contribution and issues the farmer a season ticket application for the 2012 football season.
- Depending on the levels of bushels donated, the farmer may be eligible for benefits such as access to premium parking passes, walk-on golf course privileges and other exclusive athletic benefits.