THE Largest Sports Medicine Facility

April 4, 2013 at 10:25a    by Ramzy Nasrallah    

Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, a $13.5MM gift to establish the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute - and fund early childhood and foreign language initiatives at Ohio State - will soon become reality.

The majority of the three-pronged gift will honor Jameson Crane, a former Ohio State football team member (pictured above) 1947 graduate of Ohio State and chairman emeritus of the Crane Group, a family-owned, private holding and management company based in Columbus.

“Our family is intrinsically tied to Ohio State, and we are thrilled to be able to make this contribution to enhance the great work of sports medicine at Ohio State, the College of Education and Human Ecology, and the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Jameson Crane. “I get a great measure of happiness seeing an impact like this made in my lifetime, and am grateful beyond measure to the three generations of my family who have banded together to make this dream donation a reality. Columbus has been a very supportive community to the Crane family, and we feel a strong obligation to give back. I hope our heartfelt contribution will benefit this community in a significant way.”

Largest, best-in-class state-of-the-art facility? Check.

 The 140,000 square foot facility will provide new, expanded space for Ohio State’s sports medicine collaborative and innovative programs of health care, education, training and medical research. Plans for the structure include physicians’ offices, large scale human performance labs, sophisticated imaging facilities, computer modeling and biodynamics laboratories, full range physical therapy and rehabilitation areas, and state-of-the-art surgical suites designed for observation and training.

And speaking of check, how did this generous gift materialize?

The gift supports the ongoing work of the university’s But for Ohio State campaign. Last October, Ohio State announced the launch of a $2.5 billion university-wide fundraising campaign that supports funding for five priority areas: placing students first, elevating faculty and academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening our research agenda, and driving high-impact innovation.

Gordon Gee takes a lot of shots for his expense accounts, occasional word-smithing failures and neckline haberdashery - but in terms of being a high-performing salesman for his employer: He's the guy who goes on those fancy awards trips every years.



FROMTHE18's picture

flat out awesome stuff...improvements, improvements, and more improvements...keep em coming.

Riggins's picture

But...but...this doesn't fit the popular narrative that Gee is an incompetent buffoon who bumbled a press conference.

Denny's picture

You forgot about the part where he's an academic, which apparently is frowned-upon for people whose jobs are in the realm of academia.


AndyVance's picture

President Gee is amazing for a lot of reasons, but very few people in academia are even in the same timezone when it comes to fundraising.

If the pen is truly mightier than the sword, I may be the most dangerous man I know...

d1145fresh's picture

I thought this money was going to be used to put a dome over the Shoe per Coach Smith? 
Also this is pretty cool. I've always been a support of President Gee as he seems truly dedicated to the betterment of the school. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Now that is what I love to hear... Heck yea mayne!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Denny's picture

Gonna embolden my bow-tie collection, and soon.


BME_Buckeye's picture

Well this is amazing. I am curious there where the new building will be seeing how the Medical Center project at the James has already launched and there is no room by Parks Hall. This will be a great addition to the university and I know deep down Dr.Marist is smiling from ear to ear as this may help expand his research in biodynamics along with a few other people I can see this benefiting. Pay it forward. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Toilrt Paper's picture

St.John Arena is being torn down.

themostbrian's picture

LOL at anyone who thinks Gee is overpaid.

southbymidwest's picture

I love that this gift also benefits early childhood education and foreign language programs, two very necessary and worthy areas, IMO.

rampageripster's picture

My younger sister is going into sports medicine.  But she refused to even look at Ohio St because, and I quote, "everyone in our family goes there".  She kinda has a point as I am an OSU alum, as are both my parents, and a handful of aunts and uncles.
Still, it's too bad cause it is a fantastic program and there are a ton of opportunities when working with such a massive athletic program right in your backyard.

Cause I couldn't go for three

FROMTHE18's picture

I had the same mentality as everyone in my family, including both parents, a grandparent, a brother, a sister, 3 cousins, all 4 sets of aunts and uncles on my moms side, and a great uncle all went to OSU before I considered going there...I went to the University of Georgia for a year, but when I visited friends at OSU (still in class as it was quarters), fell in love with the place and decided to transfer, best decision ive ever made. Hopefully your sister will see the light.

MediBuck's picture

Phenomenal move. OSU has a very solid on-the-rise medical school (best bone marrow transplant division, as far as I know), great oncology group, and now an elite sports medicine department (which shouldn't be surprising, given our athletic prowess). I almost went to Columbus for med school, but chose to stay closer to home...

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Nick's picture

Looks exactly like Jake Stoneburner