Known for his temper and unpredictable behavior on the field, Hayes spent much of his time off the field working tirelessly for a number of charities. He spent countless hours visiting patients at Children’s Hospital in Columbus and was also a frequent guest speaker at fund-raising events, using his fame and connections to bring in money to support a wide variety of large and small causes. During the Vietnam War, he made four trips overseas to visit with and entertain deployed servicemen and women.
- Hayes was a strong supporter of charities that involved children. Hayes and an Easter Seal child, 1958
- Hayes was a supporter of Easter Seals for many decades. Hayes and Crystal Tabor, an Easter Seal child, c. 1970s
- Here, Hayes poses with another Easter Seals child, clearly a budding football fan. Hayes and an unidentified Easter Seal child, c. 1970s
- Hayes’ dedication to helping children was recognized by Children’s Hospital with the presentation of this plaster bust done by OSU professor Gene Friley. Inscription reads: "Presented to Woody Hayes in grateful recognition...Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio,” June 11, 1983
- Hayes made four separate trips to Vietnam during the war to support and entertain the U.S. troops. Hayes in Vietnam, 1967
- Here, Hayes is pictured with Col. David E. Ott, an expert on field artillery tactics in Vietnam. Hayes in Vietnam, 1967
- Hayes gave of himself, quite literally, until it hurt. Blood drive, c. 1960s
- This list gives a glimpse into some of Hayes’ planned charity events. Charitable Activities, 1984
- This paperweight with an etching of the "Y" Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio, is testament to Hayes’ dedication to worthwhile causes beyond Columbus. Inscription reads: "For a Friend of Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center," undated
- Instead of keeping the honoraria from his numerous speaking engagements, Hayes used the money to establish the Woody Hayes Cancer Fund. His work was recognized by the OSU College of Medicine with this sculpture of Hippocrates. Inscription reads: "Presented to Coach Woody Hayes in recognition of his many contributions including establishment of the Woody Hayes Cancer Fund,” November 21, 1986
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