This native of Springfield, Ohio excelled in three sports at Ohio Wesleyan University in the years 1928-32. He played fullback in football and forward in basketball and served as captain of both teams his senior campaign. Ginaven earned All-Buckeye Conference honors in 1931 in football and repeated those honors in basketball as a senior. A fine tribute was paid to this talented athlete when his coach at OWU, George Gauthier, who in 20 years coached the Battling Bishops to victories over Michigan and Syracuse, as well as Wittenberg, Miami, Cincinnati and Ohio U of the Buckeye Conference, called Ginaven the best fullback he ever coached. He was one of the first 20 athletes to be voted into OWU Athletic Hall of Fame. Came to Akron in 1934 where he played for the Goodyear Wingfoots through 1938 with such players as Johnny Miner and Bob Cope and for Coaches Cliff "Lefty" Byers and Edgar "Smiley" Weltner - all previous inductees in the Hall of Fame.