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Nationwide honors 2018 NCHC patient champion Zander Craig with $10,000 college scholarship





Nationwide Awards Scholarship to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient

Zander Craig of Findlay, Ohio, receives $10,000 college scholarship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship


COLUMBUS, Ohio –Nationwide, a founding partner of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (NCHC) golf tournament, surprised 14-year-old cancer survivor and NCHC patient champion Zander Craig with a $10,000 college scholarship Thursday morning. The presentation was made with the help of a taped message from Nationwide spokesperson Peyton Manning prior to the first round of play at the Tour Finals event at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. The proceeds from the tournament benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


“Nationwide is very proud of our 60-plus year relationship with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, America’s largest children’s hospital and pediatric research center,” said Jim McCoy, associate vice president of sports marketing and sponsorships at Nationwide. “Zander’s story is one of perseverance and triumph. We’re thrilled to be able to present this scholarship to him as our way of paying tribute to every patient and family that has been touched by the amazing work being done by the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.”


Zander’s family first noticed something was wrong with him when he was just nine years old after his left arm stopped working correctly. They also noticed changes in Zander’s personality that caused them concern.


Desperate for answers, Zander and his family turned to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in March 2015. An MRI revealed he had extensive brain tumors. Just five days after his diagnosis, Zander was in a 10-hour surgery to remove the largest of several tumors. After just under three weeks spent in the recovery and rehab unit, Zander defied all odds by walking out of Nationwide Children’s on his own.


Zander’s fight isn’t over. He had surgery again in June 2015 to remove another tumor and every three to four months has an MRI to monitor the growth of the inoperable tumors that remain. However, nothing stops Zander from thriving and living his life to the fullest. As a freshman at Findlay High School, he recently made the junior varsity golf team.


“My wife Kim and I talk about the hospital a lot. Just the environment, the staff, the friendliness of the people, the doctors…it’s amazing,” said David Craig, Zander’s father. “When you walk in there as a parent, you have so many thoughts going through your head to begin with. But when you spend time there, they put you at ease and are so supportive. We’re in awe to have the opportunity to bring awareness not only to Zander’s medical situation but what Nationwide Children’s has done for him as an individual.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital remains the cornerstone beneficiary of Nationwide. Through Nationwide’s sponsorships of NASCAR, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship golf tournament, and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, Nationwide sports marketing platforms helped raise more than $6 million for the hospital in 2017. In all, Nationwide sports sponsorships have raised more than $27 million for the hospital since 2011.


“We continue to thank Nationwide for their incredible generosity to our patients and families,” said Niki Shafer, senior vice president of outreach, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This particular gift is one that will impact Zander and his family for years to come.”


For more information about Nationwide Children’s Hospital or to make a donation, visit


About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at


About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit


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Nationwide Children’s Championship: Benefiting the Children!





Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The 2017 tournament raised a single-season record donation for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s in the amount of $2,004,065. To date the tournament has raised more than $9.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital everything matters to us. Because when it’s your child, everything matters to you.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been caring for sick and injured children and adolescents for more than 120 years. Today, we are America’s 4th largest and busiest pediatric hospital and research center serving patients from all 50 states, and 21 foreign countries. In 2012, the hospital expects to care for children during more than one million patient visits annually.  Nationwide Children’s offers services in every pediatric specialty with a staff of more than 8,500 physicians, scientists and support staff ensuring the best possible care.  Our impact goes far beyond the downtown Columbus campus with 68 facilities extending out across Ohio and beyond. It’s the pediatric expertise every child needs. Whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Nationwide Children’s believes that no child should be refused necessary care and attention for lack of ability to pay. Our mission is best described by the acronym “CARES”: Nationwide Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of Care, Advocacy, Research, Education, and Service to patients and families in central Ohio and beyond, without regard for their ability to pay. To that end, we provide more than $116 million in uncompensated care and community benefits ever year, all in support of the vision to create optimal health for every child in our community.

At Nationwide Children’s, we are creating the future of pediatric health care. We consider every detail.  Every decision. Every aspect of the care we provide for every child. From the child who comes to us with pediatric cancer, congenital heart disease, or cystic fibrosis. To the child who comes to us with a sprain, a broken bone, or a simple fever. Here, the future health and potential of all children is being shaped. Here, our doctors are revolutionizing your child’s health and the health of future generations.

Our patients range in age from neonates to young adults. Our mission is for those patients to survive and to continue living normal, healthy lives with their families. Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital treats a full array of blood disorders, cancers, immune-deficiency disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes and inherited metabolic storage diseases. We are proud to announce that Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranks 16th in the specialty ranking of cancer in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 Edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. In fact, Nationwide Children’s is listed among America’s best in every pediatric specialty ranked by US News.

We are relentless in our pursuit of answers.  Which is why our doctors are also researchers.  And why we’re an international leader in pediatric research.  Every question developed at the patient bedside has a place in the lab and someone there working passionately to answer it. To ensure we keep with our mission, we are setting a path for our future. We partner with the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine to train the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric specialists and scientists.

At Nationwide Children’s, we recognize that our work is far too important for us not to be the very best at it. And we’re nationally recognized for doing so.  For the fifth straight year, we’ve been ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”  We were the first freestanding pediatric hospital in Ohio to achieve magnet status, designating us as a hospital that provides world -class patient care and innovation in nursing practice. The Research Institute is ranked in the top 10 for National Institutes of Health funding among free-standing children’s hospitals.

And we got here by remembering one thing:  When your child needs a hospital, everything matters.



Nationwide Children’s Championship: Past winners and runner-ups



Peter Uihlein holds the trophy after winning 2017 event in Columbus, Ohio

Past Winners

2007 Daniel Summerhays 278 Chad Collins 280
Chris Nallen 280
2008 Bill Lunde 279 Dustin Bray 280
2009 Derek Lamely* 273 Rickie Fowler 273
2010 D.J. Brigman 274 Jamie Lovemark 275
2011 Harris English 270 John Peterson 271
Kyle Reifers 271
2012 Ben Kohles* 272 Luke Guthrie 272
2013 Seung-Yul Noh 272 Edward Loar 277
2014 Justin Thomas* 278 Richard Sterne 278
2015 Andrew Loupe 279 Bronson Burgoon 281
Roberto Castro 281
Tom Hoge 281
2016 Grayson Murray 272 Cameron Smith 273
2017 Peter Uihlein 270 Ryan Armour 271
*Won in playoff


Nationwide Children’s Championship Schedule of Events: Thursday through Sunday




Schedule of Events

Schedule times and events subject to change

  • THURSDAY, August 23
    First Round Official Tournament Competition
    First Shot to Fight Cancer: 7:00am
    Competition: 7:20am – 7:00pm

    Daily Activities
    Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
    Putting Challenge: 11:00am – 4:00pm, located on Practice Green

  • FRIDAY, August 24
    Second Round Official Tournament Competition
    7:20am – 7:00pm

    Daily Activities
    Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
    Putting Challenge: 11:00am – 4:00pm, located on Practice Green

  • SATURDAY, August 25
    Third Round Official Tournament Competition
    8:00am – 3:00pm

    Daily Activities
    Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
    Putting Challenge: 11:00am – 4:00pm, located on Practice Green
    Free Graeter’s Ice Cream
    Free concert at 4:00 p.m. featuring live music from the Reaganomics, food trucks, adult beverages available for purchase and more.

  • SUNDAY, August 26
    Final Round Official Tournament Competition
    8:30am – 4:00pm
    Awards Ceremony Following Play of Final Round

    Daily Activities
    Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
    Free Pancake Breakfast: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    Putting Challenge: 11:00am – 4:00pm, located on Practice Green


Blue Jackets hire Corsi and Krug as coaches



Jim Corsi CBJ coach (courtesy St. Louis Blues)

Carey Krug CBJ coach (courtesy @krughockey Twitter)


Carey Krug hired as assistant coach for AHL’s Cleveland Monsters







COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Jim Corsi as the organization’s goaltending development coach and have hired Carey Krug as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Corsi, 64, will work with the Blue Jackets’ goaltending prospects throughout the system, including netminders with the Monsters, and brings over 40 years of experience to the organization as a player, coach, manager and analyst.  Prior to spending the 2017-18 season as a coach at his alma mater, Concordia University, the Montreal, Quebec native served as goaltending coach for the St. Louis Blues from 2014-17.


He spent 16 seasons as the goaltending coach with the Buffalo Sabres, working with the organization’s goaltenders and prospects throughout the system.  During his tenure, Corsi helped develop Vezina Trophy winners Ryan Miller (2009-10) and 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek (1998-99, 2000-01).  He also has served as a coach for the Italian Men’s and Canadian Women’s National teams, along with professional European (Schwenningen HC, German League,) junior (OHL’s St. Michael’s Majors) and collegiate programs (Ottawa University, McGill University, Concordia University).


Corsi established the “Corsi Rating,” an advanced statistic that measures shot attempt differential during even-strength.  It’s figured by calculating the number of shots directed toward the offensive goal versus the number of shots directed toward the defensive goal during five-on-five situations, excluding empty net shots)


Corsi’s playing career included stints with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the World Hockey Association’s Quebec Nordiques.  He also played internationally in Europe, Russia and China from 1980-92.  He represented Italy numerous times in international competition, including the 1984 Winter Olympics and eight World Ice Hockey Championships (1981-83, 1985-87, 1989-90).


Krug, 49, has worked in a skilled growth capacity in various development programs across North America.  The Detroit, Michigan native currently serves as a director of player development for the Detroit Hockey Academy and a skills development coach working with for the United States National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan.  He was also a skills coach for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires from 2012-14.  Since 2008, he has been the co-owner, president and head instructor of Next Level Player Development, working with NHL, minor professional, European professional, college, junior and youth league players.


‐ CBJ ‐

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