Sports, Comedy On Tap For Ohio University Dad’s Weekend

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Whether it’s comedy, sports or music, there’s a little something for every Bobcat father going on during Ohio University’s Dads Weekend, which starts Friday.

Hockey fans can watch the OU Bobcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers at Bird Arena at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. If basketball is more of dad’s game, the men’s basketball team will host the Northern Iowa Panthers at the Convocation Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

From 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a home run derby at the OU Intramural Softball Field. Cost is $7 for 15 pitches. The event is being held by Alpha Phi Omega to raise money for Beacon School to purchase medical supplies for students. The top three teams will receive prizes.

On Saturday evening, comedian Nick Offerman will take the stage at OU’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 593-1780 or visiting here. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Fathers can jam out to some classic tunes on Sunday Brunch with the The Beatles beginning at 11 a.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. A Beatles tribute band will perform beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $12 per person.

For the athletic father, the Color Run 5k will be held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the race starting at Mill Street and McKinley Avenue.

Participants are encouraged to wear white to show their colors at the end of the untimed race. Early registration cost is $40 per person or $35 per person for those in a team of four or more. For details, visit

Those looking for a more relaxing form of entertainment can catch a showing of “Caddyshack” at the Athena Cinema throughout the weekend. Show times are Friday, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 and 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for matinee shows and $6.50 for regular shows.

For a list of more activities and attractions in Athens, visit here.