Press Release

Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2019

December 3, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2019 will be held Feb. 16, 2019, at Ohio Wesleyan University. The free event will feature an OWU basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo with a YMCA children’s play area and a visit from Columbus Zoo animals. (Photo by Cole Hatcher)

Nonprofits, Businesses Invited to Register Today for Space at Feb. 16 Delaware Expo

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Winter Community Day 2019, a countywide celebration of Delaware that includes free admission to an Ohio Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo that showcases local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Winter Community Day 2019 will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena and Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Those wishing to have a table at the Delaware Expo are asked to register online now at www.owu.edu/BishopBackers. Registration is free for nonprofit organizations. For-profit businesses are asked to contribute a minimum $10 gift card to be used for event raffles. The registration deadline is Feb. 4.

During the annual Bishop Backers event, both the OWU men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on the Big Red from Denison University, with the women’s game tipping off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game following at 3 p.m. Admission to the doubleheader is free with a canned food or monetary donation that will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, a United Way of Delaware County initiative.

The Delaware Expo will be open from noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and will include giveaways for the first 100 people through the door. It also will feature:

  • An indoor children’s play area courtesy of the Delaware Community Center YMCA.
  • A visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors at 2:15 p.m.
  • A chance to meet OWU varsity athletes.
  • Free raffles for prizes including a big-screen television.

Community Day is intended to bring people together for a free afternoon of entertainment and education, building on the strong sense of cooperation and collaboration that makes Delaware such a great community. The expo also will help businesses and nonprofit organizations to connect with potential customers and volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan students and alumni.

The Bishop Backers is an organization of community advocates interested in sharing information about OWU athletics and other events at Ohio Wesleyan and in connecting potential student-volunteers, interns, and employees with local organizations.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 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” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.