Jim Tressel and Doug Castle

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is shown here with Doug Castle.

MANSFIELD -- Jim Tressel, former Ohio State football coach, and current president of Youngstown State University will be the guest speaker at a local fundraiser.

The Doug Castle Legacy Project Advisory Committee will host a benefit Saturday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. at Liederkranz Hall, 1212 Silver Lane in Mansfield. Proceeds will go to the Doug Castle Legacy Fund of the Richland County Foundation for scholarships and youth projects. Tickets are available at DougCastleProject.eventbrite.com.

Doug Castle was a local educator whose 50-year career spanned all aspects of education in Richland County. He had a special place in his heart for the underdog. When he died of brain cancer in 2018, his family established the Doug Castle Legacy Fund at the Richland County Foundation to carry on his work and honor his life.

His wife, Liz; son, Michael, and daughter, Beth, want the fund to help in many areas including education, racial equity and inclusion, mentorship, and community building. 

Doug began his teaching career in 1965 at John Simpson Junior High School and took an active role in coaching football, basketball, and track. Castle retired from Mansfield City Schools in 2000 after years of leadership including as principal of Simpson, and then worked as the Galion Middle School principal for the next five years.

For many years he was also the director of the Mansfield Mehock Relays and then the Gorman Wrestling Tournament. Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel hired Castle to work as an Academic Encourager for the young men on the football team.

Castle developed an administrative philosophy based on being fair and keeping a sense of humor. He was a staunch believer in disciplining children in a way that would not destroy their dignity or self-respect. He valued every student.

The first $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Breana Davis, a recent graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. The scholarship will be awarded annually at the discretion of the Doug Castle Legacy Project Advisory Committee. The scholarship will acknowledge and celebrate a student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to community involvement through education, racial equity, and social justice.

Priority will be given to a student interested in pursuing a degree and career in K-12 education. 

Anyone can donate to the Doug Castle Legacy Fund online at richlandcountyfoundation.org, click the donate button and select the Doug Castle Fund. Or you can write a check to the Richland County Foundation and note the fund on the memo line.

About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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