In Memory of Mr. John Hicks
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association would like to send the sincerest of condolences to the family and friends of Mr. John Hicks, a former Board Member on his recent passing. The Ohio State football legend also served as a diabetes advocate, personally supporting the agency’s mission for so many years. Along with his friend, the late Jack Tatum, another football great, the duo introduced the Celebrities for Diabetes event in 2004. The event brought together former Ohio State and Michigan players/coaches to celebrate the rivalry’s rich history by sharing their experiences on how “The Rivalry” impacted their lives and college football as a whole. The proceeds raised benefited the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.
Notable sports personalities who appeared over the years at the Celebrities for Diabetes event include:
Keith Byars, Earle Bruce, Chris Ward, Ray Griffin, Archie Griffin, Champ Henson, Joe Germaine, John Cooper, Jan White, Jimmy Moore, Lenny Mills, Calvin Murray, Raymont Harris, Mike Doss. Leo Hayden, Steve Luke, Steve Myers, William White, Troy Smith, Anthony Gonzalez, Jim Tressel, Bobby Carpenter, Craig Krenzel, Thom Darden, Dennis Franklin, Walt Downing, Elvis Grbac, Reggie McKenzie, Butch Woolfolk, John Kolesar, Stan Edwards, Jim Betts, Mike Kenn, George Lilja, David Key, Tyrone Wheatley, Jamie Morris, Bob Thornbladh, John Wangler, Lloyd Carr, Marcus Ray, Derrick Walker, Glen Steele, Gary Moeller, Hugh Green and Lou Holtz.
Under the guidance of these two legendary Buckeyes and advocates in the fight against diabetes, the event created over $1 million dollars in revenue over the years to assist the Central Ohio Diabetes Association continue its mission to teach people how to learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. John certainly made a difference in the world of diabetes, a cause that was near and dear to his heart. His passion for helping others was demonstrated through his efforts within the agency, which provided programs and services and created awareness about the disease in the Central Ohio community and will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace