BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green Athletics’ corporate partner GKN Driveline matched a monetary donation for Northwest Ohio Special Olympics as part of its involvement with the university athletic programs and the Falcon 5 Miler race held on campus Saturday, May 24.

GKN Driveline, the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive driveline components, is a first-year athletics corporate partner, with two additional years already confirmed. As part of the company’s steady commitment to give back to the community, GKN Driveline was involved with the Saturday race as many representatives were on hand to work various stations and participate in the competition itself. Additionally, the company earmarked a $500 donation to the Special Olympics, matching the $250 the race raised for the charitable organization.

“It’s important to us that we give back to the community, and through our BGSU Athletics’ sponsorship and donation to Special Olympics, we’re now afforded some additional opportunities we can be fully immersed in to extend our charitable initiatives,” said GKN Driveline’s Plant Director Craig Zimmerly. “It was a pleasure to be a part of what took place on Saturday, and I’m so glad we had the chance to be involved and positively benefit an outstanding cause.”

The Falcon 5 Miler took place at 8:30 a.m. this past Saturday, touring participants through the Bowling Green State University campus. It started in front of the Sebo Athletic Center and Doyt Perry Stadium, with the race finishing on the outdoor track adjacent to the football stadium. All proceeds were designated for BGSU Cross Country/Track & Field and Northwest Ohio Special Olympics.

Falcon Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports and BGSU Athletics’ multimedia rights holder, secured GKN Driveline as a corporate partner on behalf of the athletics administration. Learfield manages rights to more than 90 collegiate athletic programs and titles the acclaimed Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. To learn more about the company’s 40-year history and collegiate portfolio, visit