Former BHS Standout to Headline ALS Benefit

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Varsity Partners, a group of former collegiate athletes dedicated to giving back to their community and fans, will hold Team Talk: A Fan Forum with Former Buckeye Athletes. The event, which will take place May 7 at Boardman High School, will raise money for Christine Terlesky, a Mahoning Valley teacher diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Nine former Ohio State University athletes will take the stage, discussing their personal experiences as well as other topics such as the 2016 National Football League draft and upcoming Buckeye sports seasons in a question-and-answer forum.

Terence Dials, the newest inductee into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame, will moderate the panel. The panel is scheduled to feature Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, Kirk Barton, Anthony Schlegel, Bobby Carpenter, Matt Wilhelm, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Dustin Fox and Scoonie Penn. Players are subject to change.

“The Varsity Partners are excited to hold our first Team Talk Fan Forum here in the Mahoning Valley,” said Dials, a founding member of the Varsity Partners and 2001 BHS graduate. “Personally, this area has given so much to me and it is an honor to give back with the help of my fellow Buckeyes. We hope this event delivers an experience that connects Buckeye fans in the community with us in a memorable way, while supporting a special individual and her family in their time of need.”

The event will take place at the BHS gymnasium and net proceeds from the event will benefit Terlesky, a former BHS teacher and girls’ basketball coach, who was diagnosed with ALS in September 2013.

The one-hour forum will start at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m., when fans will have an opportunity to meet the Buckeyes featured in the discussion, as they will be walking around taking pictures and signing autographs. Fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win autographed Buckeye memorabilia, with all proceeds from those raffle ticket sales going to support Terlesky.

General admission tickets are $30, while kids 5 and under are admitted free. Seating is limited so sales are limited to 10 purchased tickets and five children’s tickets per order.

Fans can purchase tickets for this unique event online.

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