When cancer claimed the life of Herbert J. Block in May 1981, the respect, love and determination of his wife, Maxine, five children and countless friends turned this personal tragedy into a triumph. They transformed their grief into a powerful force that more than 30 years later continues to energize and inspire individuals and corporations, here and across the country, to support cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

The Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament was founded in 1982 by Herb’s wife, the late Maxine Block, and children, Janis Block, Jeff Block, Julie Block Glassman and Jeri Block, who live in the Columbus area, and Jay Block of Englewood, Colorado. They are the architects of this remarkable effort, which has raised more than $5 million for the OSUCCC – James. What started as a tournament memorializing Mr. Block, co-founder of Sun Television and Appliances, devoted family man and community supporter, has turned into a family legacy. To learn more about the history of this event, you can read the article in ImpactCancer magazine.

The tournament has evolved to include a great silent auction, wonderful raffles and amazing golf courses. But the one thing that has remained constant is that this popular event is a family affair, both for the Block family and for all who have contributed as golfers, volunteers, honorary chairs and steering committee members. Their combined efforts have made this tournament a premier fundraising event in Columbus.

Watch the Block Tournament 30th anniversary video.

Past Tournament Honorary Chairs 

The Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament has been embraced by our community and most appreciatively by our Honorary Chairs.

2014: Dr. Michael V. and Mrs. Brenda Drake

2012: Urban Meyer

2011: Robert Smith

2010: Archie Griffin

2009: Joseph Daniels

2008: President E. Gordon Gee

2007: Mike Vrabel

2006: Gene Smith

2005: Thad Matta

2004: Kirk Herbstreit

2003: No Tournament

2002: Eddie George

2001: Jim Tressel

2000: Stefanie and Chris Spielman

1999: Jim O’Brien

1998: Clark Kellogg

1997: Bobby Rahal

1996: Archie Griffin

1995: Greg Lashutka

1994: President E. Gordon Gee

1993: John Cooper

Block Funds

Since the Block Memorial Tournament began, more than $5 million has been raised for the OSUCCC – James!

Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors and tournament friends for helping us reach this milestone!

2015 Block Tournament Sponsorship

Information and Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament is coming soon.

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OSUCCC – James Development Office





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660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor
PO Box 183112
Columbus, OH 43218-3112