Memorial Tournament host and founder, Jack Nicklaus joined industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller and Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart as members of the 2016 class of Great Ohioans announced by the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board and Capital Square Foundation earlier this month.
The Great Ohioans Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. To be selected for the Great Ohioan Award, the nominee must have resided in Ohio for a minimum of five years. In addition, at least 25 years must have passed since the event in which the nominee participated is being commemorated.
“As we mark the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse restoration in 2016, I believe this class of Great Ohioans will serve to inspire future generations of Ohio leaders and represents the great wealth of talent that the Buckeye State has produced since statehood in 1803,” said Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger, Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.
Nicklaus is the sixth figure from the sports world to be so honored, joining Bill Willis and Paul Brown from football, Cy Young and Bob Feller from baseball, and Jesse Owens from track and field.
For detailed information about the Great Ohioans Award, including past recipients, please visit http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/museum/great-ohioans.