Plethora of activities around town available for students and their dads

Beginning Friday, fathers of Ohio University students will storm campus for the annual Dads Weekend.

There will be events hosted by the university throughout the weekend, including Jeff Garlin, a comedian from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, performing Friday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Outdoor Pursuits will also hold two exercise opportunities: a hike at Old Man’s Cave and zip lining at The Ridges.

“The hike is more of a sightseeing walk,” said Dan Vorisek, director of Outdoor Pursuits. “There is a lot of interesting geology and waterfalls on the way.”

Campus Recreation is offering a fitness competition and kayaking lessons for students and their dads. The competition will be held at Ping Recreation Center, where students and parents will compete as teams through a series of endurance and strength tests. The winning teams will receive prizes.

The Aquatic Center is hosting kayaking lessons from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.

“These lessons serve as an introduction for students to the Aquatic Center and all the great programs we offer,” said Alex Rhue, programming manager for the event.

Dr. David Ridpath, associate professor of sports administration, will give a lecture in The Front Room titled “Intercollegiate Athletics and Higher Education in America: A Unique Relationship and an Uncertain Future” at 11 a.m.

Ridpath will be discussing the history of intercollegiate athletics and addressing future threats and potential changes.

“I wanted to choose a topic that I would be able to talk authoritatively about, but also that would keep people interested,” Ridpath said.

In the Baker University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. Saturday, Herman Boone, coach of the Titan football team that the movie Remember the Titans is based on, will be speaking about his experiences with the team followed by a short question-and-answer session.

Remember the Titans will be played at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Baker Ballroom and again at 9 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater.

“We chose to bring Coach Boone here because this will be an event that will not only appeal to dads, but to other students as well,” said Jena Green, university event executive for University Program Council.

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