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Student Experience: The Sweetest Number photo by Joel Hawksley BS ’11 T he OHIO men’s basketball team soared to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA’s tournament earlier this year and junior sports administration major Nick Kellogg, a guard on the team, says that experience was surreal. “As we were winning and progressing, it felt 50 percent like we belonged and 50 percent like magic,” he says. “We had moments when we would look at each other and say, ‘This is pretty crazy!’” Nick says the team can thank the coaching staff for being the glue that kept them together and grounded. They were reminded throughout the run that as Ohio students and players, they were experiencing something bigger than themselves: They were becoming part of the university’s history. “We took one game at a time. We believed in each other. All the guys on the team were on the same page while on the court.” What’s Nick’s takeaway from that experience as he begins another year of OHIO basketball? “The time spent together on that journey — all the practices and road trips — that means a lot to me. It’s a special group of guys. It was about more than x’s and o’s.” Students like Nick Kellogg have benefited from gifts made to the Ohio Bobcat Club by more than 4,250 donors during the campaign. These gifts total over $18.1 million in support of scholarships, facility enhancements, travel funds, uniforms and academic support for our athletes. fa l l 2012 • 19

Ohio Today Fall 2012

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