New ‘Ohio: Champion of Sports’ Exhibit Uncovers the History of Athletics

Roto has collaborated with the Ohio History Connection in their largest exhibition to date. “Ohio: Champion of Sports” celebrates the stories of the history-making moments and legendary people who have shaped the Ohio’s sports history. Covering nearly 7,000 ft2 across multiple galleries, Champion of Sports features various artifacts, activities and stories accompanied by large, eye-catching environmental graphics. Additionally, rather than being organized by sport, time period or region, the organization of the exhibit is based on those tenets of the human condition that everyone can relate to – Character, Adversity, Innovation, Identity,

Using collected memorabilia and recorded interviews, the exhibit tells the stories of Ohioans at both the amateur and professional level. Visitors can see dozens of items from the vintage era of Ohio sports including the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey worn by Lebron James as an NBA rookie – loaned by the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Visitors can also use a series of touch-screen kiosks to hear inspirational anecdotes from sports legends like Cleveland-born John Heismen, who introduced the forward pass to football and later had the prestigious college trophy named after him. Other interactives include activities where visitors can become part of the action by testing their basketball skills at the Wall of Hoops; recording a victory dance to share with friends; or recording personal sports achievements as One-Minute Legends. 

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