Press Release

Bishop Backers to Celebrate Fall Community Day Sept. 17

September 1, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

The community is invited to attend all Ohio Wesleyan varsity athletics events for free Sept. 17 during the Bishop Backers Fall Community Day. The Richard M. Ross Art Museum also will be open as part of the event. (Photo by Chloe Dyer ’18)

Event Includes Art Exhibit and Free OWU Football, Volleyball, and Men’s Soccer Games

DELAWARE, Ohio – Football, volleyball, soccer, and – harness racing? Enjoy all four for free Sept. 17 as the Bishop Backers host Fall Community Day at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The community is invited to come to campus to support the OWU varsity athletes and enjoy the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s “A Show of Horses” exhibition.

Community Day athletic events will be held Sept. 17 at these times and locations:

  • Noon – OWU volleyball vs. Muskingum, in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St.
  • 4 p.m. – OWU volleyball vs. Adrian, in Branch Rickey Arena.
  • 7 p.m. – OWU football vs. Wittenberg, in Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St. (Food trucks are being invited to be part of the celebration, and Bishop Backer gear will be available at the stadium for purchase. The Buckeye Valley High School Marching Band also will perform at halftime.)
  • 7 p.m. – OWU men’s soccer vs. Hanover, at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Park Ave.

Admission to all events is free Sept. 17. The cost for OWU ticketed sporting events at other times is $8 for adults, $3 for students, and free for anyone under age 5 or with a valid Ohio Wesleyan ID. Individual all-sports season passes are available through the OWU Athletics Department for $35. Call (740) 368-3726 or visit for more information, including the university’s complete fall athletic schedule.

Also during Community Day, guests are invited to tour the harness-racing-themed exhibit on display now through Oct. 11 at OWU’s Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Community Day.

“A Show of Horses” includes paintings by Colorado artist Nancy B. Frank, a 1971 OWU graduate who has created large-scale portraits of horses participating in Delaware’s Little Brown Jug harness race. The exhibit also features bronze sculptures of horses created by Lebanon, Ohio, artist Lynda Sappington, as well as artifacts from the Goshen, New York-based Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, home of the world’s largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Learn more about the museum, its exhibition schedule, and regular hours at

About the Bishop Backers

The Bishop Backers is an organization of community advocates interested in sharing information about the breadth of athletics, arts, and educational opportunities available at Ohio Wesleyan. Learn more about the Bishop Backers at

About Ohio Wesleyan

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at