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American Football

Our Mission

BEYOND the GOAL LINE is a long term, perpetual, sustainable organization.    The mission of BEYOND THE GOAL LINE is to help all former Ohio State Athletes who have entered a time of critical need in their lives due to unforeseen detrimental circumstances.  That critical need could be medical, mental, legal, natural disaster, addiction or even education related.  The  Board of Directors of “Beyond the Goal Line” will be tasked with sourcing corporate sponsors, creating management committees, fundraising programs, events and opportunities, from which the proceeds will be used to create  “Beyond the Goal Line” financial assets.  Those assets will be distributed fairly and philanthropically to select, approved and deserving former Ohio State Athletes with demonstrated insurmountable hardship.  That same Board will contain committees assigned to fundraising events, financial, legal, media, physical and mental health, natural disaster and philanthropy.  These committees will be tasked with managing their areas of responsibility within Beyond the Goal Line as well as evaluating the validity and severity of hardship cases and determining what form and levels of support can be provided. 

Beyond the Goal Line will begin serving former football players in dire need, but will expand with a phase two, which will aid all sports, genders and persuasions of Ohio State Former Athletes.

Why we do it...

Thousands of former Ohio State Athletes enter times of critical need in their lives due to unforeseen detrimental circumstances. This is not a new development. It has manifested for decades. The critical needs vary between medical, mental health, legal, natural disaster, addiction, crime victim or even underprivileged educational necessities. These detrimental scenarios require millions of dollars in support, rehabilitation and recovery services.


As many of you know, during their playing days, these athletes are often looked up to, idolized, emulated and placed on pedestals among the general public. Deserving of that praise or not, the fact of the matter is that these athletes are most often ill prepared to deal with these circumstances after their playing days have ended.


Our goal at BEYOND the GOAL LINE is to “Pay Forward” and help our Buckeye Brothers and Sisters overcome these overwhelming circumstances. Your participation, sponsorship and contribution to this noble, honorable cause will deliver many benefits to you and your company, but most importantly, will deliver a humanitarian benefit to Buckeyes in need.

Tribute to Woody Hayes

Woody Hayes, the patriarch of Ohio State Football and one of the greatest coaches in college football history, laid the foundation for BEYOND the GOAL LINE.  He positively impacted our lives in so many ways.  One of his essential principles with all players, was to “Pay Forward”.  Quoting the great philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his Essay on Compensation, Coach Hayes would say, "You can pay back only seldom. You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent." "You can never pay back; but you can always pay forward".


BEYOND the GOAL LINE is doing just that, PAYING FORWARD.

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Elements of Our Bylaws


Philanthropy, Integrity and Honor Based


Our Brotherhood & Sisterhood for Eternity


Compliant NCAA & Big Ten Conference




Diverse and Inclusive






Character Based

Examples of Need

“A Brotherhood for a Lifetime”

We respect the privacy of all individuals seeking assistance from Beyond the Goal Line.  These stories of our Buckeye Brothers and Sisters, while inspirational in nature, are only shared if we have their or their families consent.  We do this to inspire other former Buckeye Athletes in dire need, to reach out to us for the help they need. 

Our Goals

  • Provide millions of dollars in aid and support to 500+ TOSU Alumni Athletes on an annual basis

  • Ensure long term resolutions are realized for athletes receiving funding

  • Support underprivileged educational needs

  • Ensure that 90% or greater of funding goes directly to the aid packages for receiving applicants

  • Maintain Guidestar, the National Nonprofit Data and Research Center certification and membership

  • Maintain compliance with all applicable governance and monitor processes to ensure compliance

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