Photographer: Ben Siegel
Dec 2, 2012
By MaryKate McHugh
On the basketball court at Ohio University's iconic Convocation Center, Drake Bolon, clipboard in hand, is the energetic force making sure everything runs smoothly during athletic events.
Bolon, director of athletic marketing and promotions, grew up in Athens with memories of visiting campus frequently, whether it was to attend sporting events or on a school field trip. He remembers one visit in particular—his first.
"I knew I would come (to OHIO) since the day I first visited campus," Bolon said.
Bolon is a 2011 business administration graduate from the College of Business. He said the education and experience he received inside and outside of the classroom has paid off. He notes that learning from distinguished professors as well as taking courses in marketing and management gave him the knowledge to excel in the real world. And as a member of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre and an intern for the Athletic Department, he was able to apply what he learned in the classroom.
Bolon's most memorable moment as an OHIO student employee was in 2010, when the men's basketball team won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship. At the time, Bolon was also the announcer for the women's softball team and found himself traveling back and forth to Cleveland to attend both sporting events each day. The long drives and busy days did not dampen his outlook.
"The basketball team was the ninth seed, and many thought we didn't have a chance to make it out of the first round," Bolon remembers. "The Mid-American Conference tournament was a time filled with excitement. I was proud to be a part of it."
Bolon said he feels like he has one of the best jobs out there.
"I work in the field of sports. For most people, sports act as a release. I'm lucky to have this release as my job," he said.
Bolon supports the OHIO Bobcat Club, the athletic department's annual fund. Bolon's gift is part of Ohio University's The Promise Lives Campaign, which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $411 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign.
Bolon credits his success to the education and experience he received at OHIO and says giving back is important.
"I would not be where I am today without Ohio University," he said. "I owe a lot to this school."
Ohio University's current capital campaign, The Promise Lives Campaign, has raised $406 million toward its goal of $450 million by June, 2015 in support of students, faculty, programs, facilities and community partnerships.
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