The Ohio High School Athletic Association is in a financial pinch after canceled regional and state tournaments left the organization with a loss of $2 million.
The boys state and regional basketball tournaments, girls state basketball tournament and the state wrestling tournament were all canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is trying to help the OHSAA and student-athletes who missed out a chance to finish their seasons.
Through 9 p.m. Thursday, Raising Cane's restaurants are donating 15 percent of sales to the student-athlete scholarship program.
The annual OHSAA scholar-athlete scholarship program, which annually provides more than $175,000 to college-bound seniors, had to be canceled this spring due in part to the OHSAA’s lack of revenue from the tournaments.
“We cannot begin to thank Raising Cane’s enough for stepping up during these unprecedented times to help give back to the student-athletes across Ohio,” said Jerry Snodgrass, executive director of the OHSAA. “Our mission at the OHSAA begins with ‘to serve’ and we will be able to continue to do just that with partners like Raising Cane’s, who are committed to both education and active lifestyles. We get to see firsthand how those two directly impact communities, schools and students across Ohio. We’re really excited to kick off this three-year partnership and forge what will be a special effort to positively impact students statewide.”