Founded in 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Ohio Valley Officials Basketball Officials Association is an OHSAA sanctioned officials association and training organization. Our referees serve high school leagues in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Eugene Smith – devoted official and friend

Posted by | February 26, 2013 .
Eugene Smith Jr.

Eugene Smith Jr.

With an extremely heavy heart, the Ohio Valley Basketball Association and the SW Ohio basketball community have learned of the sudden passing of our friend and fellow official, Eugene Smith Jr.

Eugene was a good and kind man. He served our association well as a board member. He also served youth basketball in SW Ohio well as a referee. Even after his time on the board was through, Eugene was the model member, always asking, “What can I do to help?” His example of always putting the players, coaches, his fellow officials and friends first, is something we all can learn and benefit from.

A fellow official stated, “Eugene lit up every room he entered. If you were not lucky enough to meet him, you missed one of the most positive, genuine, and caring human beings to wear the stripes.”

The Smith family has made the homegoing arrangements for Saturday, March 2nd at Tabernacle Bible Church, 9784 Wayne Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215. Note Change: The viewing will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Homegoing at 10:30 a.m.

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