Ohio State Buckeyes: Skydiving event to raise money for ALS research

Keith Byars, 1983, OSU football
Keith Byars, 1983, OSU football

Former NFL and Ohio State stars, including Barry Sanders and Keith Byars, are coming to Greene County this weekend to help raise money for ALS in the name of a former teammate.

Skydive Greene County in Xenia will host a tandem skydiving event beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday with proceeds to go to the William White Family Fund for ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease).

ExploreNew legislation allows Ohio college athletes to profit off name, image and likeness

White, 55, was an Ohio State defensive back from 1984-87. He was a captain as a senior and earned All-Big Ten honors.

He played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Lions, Chiefs and Falcons, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Five years ago, White was diagnosed with ALS, and his fund supports research of the disease at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center by Dr. Stephen A. Kolb and others.

Kolb will be among those skydiving Sunday at Skydive Greene County, and anyone else who wants to take the plunge may do so.

A box lunch is included in the price of a tandem skydive, and Kolb and White are scheduled to speak about the latest in ALS research during lunch.

Those who do not wish to jump are welcome to watch as well as interact with a some of White’s former NFL and OSU teammates.

Former NFL teammates of White including Sanders and Bennie Blades are scheduled to be part of the event along with Byars, a Dayton native and local radio personality, and other fellow former Buckeyes John Wooldridge, Vince Workman and Tito Paul.

To register for the event, contact Skydive Greene County at 937-372-0700.

Donations may be made online at www.giveto.osu.edu by searching ALS fund number 316015.

Alternatively, checks may be sent to The Ohio State University Foundation with a note in the memo line for ALS Fund 316015 and sent to P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio, 43218-3112.