Jameson (Jim) Crane’s love for The Ohio State University began when he was enrolled at Oberlin College. With admiration, he watched the Buckeyes football team beat the University of Michigan Wolverines in November 1944. After transferring to Ohio State in 1945, he joined the Junior Varsity football team – and eventually the Varsity team.

Jim recalls his greatest college memories as playing in front of 75,000 fans at Ohio Stadium, winning his first Varsity game against Illinois, being crowned homecoming king and playing against Michigan in 1947, which happened to be the first televised sporting event for Ohio State. Jim’s graduation from The Ohio State University in 1947 would launch a legacy of three generations of involvement and philanthropy with his beloved alma mater.

For the Love of the Game

As an Ohio State alumni, football player and now supporter, Jameson (Jim) Crane and three generations of Crane family members give back to support the sports medicine team at Ohio State.
Jameson Crane in Football Uniform

Reflecting on The Great Depression

From a very early age, the value of helping others was instilled in Jim when he and his family struggled through economic hardship of the Great Depression and lost everything. Jim and his family never took for granted his opportunity to go to The Ohio State University and play football. Still to this day, Jim and his family display gratitude for that opportunity.

“Ohio State has given us so much,” shares Jim.

It was that chance that Ohio State gave to Jim that left him with a feeling of indebtedness. He recalls his first donation to the university: $1, in 1948, as a new alumnus of the university. 

Jameson Crane and Family

Helping Support Athletes Through Medicine

Being a student athlete, Jim knew first-hand the importance trainers and sports medicine professionals had on his career. When they were able, Jim and his family wanted to do more to help other young athletes.

Ohio State’s Sports Medicine program is currently housed on the third floor of the Martha Morehouse Pavilion. The faculty and staff use every inch of the space, yet growth and application of new programs are inhibited by the space’s size limitations.

Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute

Creating the Future of Sports Medicine

Through his family’s gift of $10 million to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the dream of the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute has come to fruition. This facility, which opened in late 2016, is the nation’s largest sports medicine facility and combines 15 specialty programs – including Sports Performance, Endurance Medicine, Sports Psychology, Sports Nutrition, Golf Performance and Performing Arts Medicine – under one roof.

“I get a great measure of happiness seeing an impact like this made in my lifetime,” says Jim.

How you can help

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Donate by Mail

The Office of Wexner Medical Center Development
P.O. Box 183112
660 Ackerman Road
Columbus, OH 43218-3112