Dr. Vipin Koshal, a cardiologist at O'Bieness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio came up with an incredibly fun but also somewhat cruel way to raise money for the Central Ohio Heart Walk: Adults, including Ohio Bobcats head coach Frank Solich, racing on tiny tricycles.
"I really got the idea just watching my children play on the tricycle and thought it would be a wonderful fundraiser to put adults on them cause they’re awfully hard to ride,” Koshal told the Athens Messenger.
Solich was a game participant on Saturday morning, competing against the Athens City mayor, a local DJ and doctors and administrators from the hospital. He cruised to a victory in his qualifying heat, but flipped his ride during the final run, allowing Athens police officer Rick Crossen to take the title.
“It’s a great cause,” said Solich in an interview with the Messenger. “It makes a lot of sense to do what you can to help (Dr. Koshal) and what he’s going to raise money for the American Heart Association. I have a lot of respect for doc and what the people do here. They’re a great group of people, and I know that the people in Athens appreciate the work they do here.”
Tuesday morning Solich's Bobcats were picked to win the MAC East Division in the league's preseason poll.