Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chillicothe Campus members again have opportunity to become involved in local March of Dimes event

In continuing an ongoing campus tradition, Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty, students and staff will again have the opportunity to form teams in support of the annual Scioto Valley March for Babies event on April 24 in Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park.

OU-C is currently in the process of organizing teams who will fundraise and participate in the march in April. Faculty member Dywayne Nicely ( is captain of the faculty and staff team, and student services staff member Ashlee Digges ( is serving as captain of the campus’ student team. Both are currently recruiting participants to serve as team members/walkers, and interested campus members should contact them directly.

The march allows participants to join together for a cause that mirrors the campus’ mission of improving the quality of life for area residents, get some exercise and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow campus and community members. Participants can raise money through the support of sponsors and other fund-raising activities. The hope is that there will be enough interest from the campus community to field several walking teams.

The March for Babies event is the major fundraiser for the March of Dimes organization and provides funds to support research and education to expectant moms and health care professionals.

The focus of the March of Dimes is to prevent premature births by providing expectant mothers with proper pre-natal care and nutrition. Ross County lags behind the statewide and national averages in these areas. Since the cause affects Ross County and the area that the Chillicothe Campus serves, it seems appropriate for OU-C to take an active role as a local sponsor of the event.

A community kick-off event for March for Babies is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Stevenson Center on campus. Interested participants are invited to attend to learn more about the upcoming march and are asked to RSVP for the event by contacting Katie Christian at or online at

Co-chairs of the local 2016 March for Babies are OU-C Dean Martin Tuck and Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce President Randy Davies.

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