C.J. Stroud Becomes ‘Platinum Donor’ of THE Foundation 

After Ohio State has made splashes in the transfer portal and done some moving around on its coaching staff, the Buckeyes are the talk of college football. 

On Monday, THE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by Cardale Jones and Brian Schottenstein and an official partner of Ohio State Athletics which donates to the football and men’s basketball programs, received a sizeable donation from former Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud. 

According to THE Foundation on X, formerly known as Twitter, Stroud became the first former student-athlete to become a major donor. He’s attained Official Founders Club Platinum Donor status. 

Stroud donated at least $50,000, according to THE Foundation’s website listing of thresholds for donation packages.

Donors who meet the Platinum Donor threshold will receive a meet and greet with an Ohio State student-athlete or former Buckeye in addition to a private tour of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and two pregame field passes for a game, among other things. 

Stroud just completed his rookie season in the NFL with the Houston Texans. After being selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Stroud helped lead Houston to the postseason for the first time in four seasons. 

The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to lead the NFL in both passing yards per game and touchdown-to-interception ratio. 

Stroud passed for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns to five interceptions in 15 games. During the postseason, Stroud threw for 449 yards and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

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