130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. R. No. 59  

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
S. R. No. 59


Senator Niehaus 

Cosponsors: Senators Bacon, Beagle, Brown, Cafaro, Cates, Daniels, Faber, Grendell, Hite, Hughes, Jones, Jordan, Kearney, LaRose, Lehner, Manning, Obhof, Oelslager, Patton, Sawyer, Schaffer, Schiavoni, Seitz, Skindell, Smith, Stewart, Tavares, Turner, Wagoner, Widener, Wilson 



A RESOLUTION
Honoring the late Jesse Owens on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his 1936 Olympic performance.

       WHEREAS,  The members of the Senate of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio extend posthumous recognition to Jesse Owens on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his historic performance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany; and

       WHEREAS,  Jesse Owens was a truly remarkable man. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended The Ohio State University, and he became known as the "Buckeye Bullet" for his prowess in track and field, setting or tying national and world records in various events, including the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 220-yard low hurdles, and long jump. At the 1936 Olympic Summer Games, he won gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the long jump, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter relay, setting an Olympic or world record in each event and discrediting in front of the world the master race theory put forth by the host country, Nazi Germany, and its leader, Adolph Hitler; and

       WHEREAS,  Jesse Owens is deserving of high praise, for he combined civic concern and commitment with selfless initiative to become a dynamic community leader. After the Olympics, he operated various public relations firms, did advertising for large corporations, helped underprivileged youth through the Boys' Clubs of America, promoted the Olympics and sports as a whole, and served as a goodwill ambassador to Asia and as an inspirational speaker at events around the globe, and he received numerous awards and distinctions, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, as well as the naming of Jesse Owens Stadium at The Ohio State University in his honor. We applaud his unwavering dedication to excellence; and

       WHEREAS,  Jesse Owens' exceptional record of personal and professional achievement stands as a hallmark worthy of emulation, and he has inspired countless individuals to excel in various areas of endeavor. The respect and admiration he earned throughout his life are clearly evident, and his accomplishments and leadership serve as a justifiable source of pride for his family, friends, and community; therefore be it

       RESOLVED,  That we, the members of the Senate of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, commend the late Jesse Owens on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of his 1936 Olympic performance and salute the memory of this unique individual; and be it further

       RESOLVED,  That the Clerk of the Senate transmit a duly authenticated copy of this Resolution to the family of Jesse Owens.

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