Local Sports Athletes & Celebrities
Below are some of the celebrities that are scheduled to join us for the event in 2019!
Meet past football greats and current athletes from Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Team, and more!
Jody Shelley is a former Blue Jackets forward that rejoined the organization in August 2013 when he was named a broadcast associate and team ambassador. He began serving as the club’s television color analyst on FOX Sports Ohio in 2014-15. In addition to his broadcast duties, the Columbus fan favorite is also actively engaged in various business and community initiatives for the organization. Shelley, who retired in 2013 after a career that spanned 16 years and over 600 NHL games, was signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on Jan. 31, 2001 and made his NHL debut with the club against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 17, 2001. He went on to appear in 380 games with the club, registering 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points with 1,025 penalty minutes. He led the Blue Jackets in penalty minutes four times (2001-06) and owns the club record for penalty minutes in a season with 249 PIM in 2002-03. Through the 2015-16 campaign, Shelley sits second on the club’s all-time list in penalty minutes and ranks seventh on the club’s all-time games played list. He was also an active participant in the club’s community initiatives through the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and received the team’s Community Service Award for the 2006-07 season.
Jake Ballard is a former football tight end who played in the NFL for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Ohio State and was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and won Super Bowl XLVI with them against the Patriots.
Anthony Schlegel is a former Football linebacker. He was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at the Ohio State University. He founded his own fitness company, Schlegel Hardcore Elite Training.
Justin Zwick is a former college football quaterback. In the 2004 Alamo Bowl Justin led the Buckeyes to a dominating 33-7 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Evan Blankenship is a former Ohio State Football player. He was an offensive guard and defensive end from 2007 to 2011. Through Youtube, Evan taught himself how to play guitar and found internet success uploading personal covers. Evan moved to Nashville in March of 2012, where he worked with numerous award-winning songwriters and producers. In August of 2017 Evan moved back to Columbus with his wife, Sarah. He has since joined the band North to Nashville, Columbus’ premier country band, where he circuits local bars, honky-tonks, and festivals.
Papa John’s Goal Patrol will be on the scene!
Leo Welsh will be kicking off our event.