Governor Kasich dedicates park named for Olympic great Jesse Owens

15th August 1936: American athlete, Jesse Owens takes part in the long jump event in a USA versus British Empire meeting at White City stadium in west London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio’s governor has dedicated a new state park and wildlife area named for Olympic great Jesse Owens.

Two of Owens’ daughters accompanied Gov. John Kasich during Tuesday’s dedication ceremony in Columbus at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that achievements of “heroes” such as Owens should be preserved to inspire others to “overcome challenges and accomplish their very best.”

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Owens was a world record-setting sprinter at Ohio State University and won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

The park was created after Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources struck a deal with American Electric Power to buy a large portion of a 60,000-acre (24,281-hectare) parcel owned by the company.

The land spans parts of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties in eastern Ohio.