Crew Soccer Foundation

MISSION

CSF

The Crew Soccer Foundation utilizes soccer as a vehicle to serve at-risk youth through education, field development and healthy lifestyles.

Our core areas of philanthropic focus are:

  • Literacy and scholarships
  • Soccer field creation, refurbishment and programming in underserved communities
  • Heart disease risk and prevention, concussion awareness and childhood obesity

 

 

CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brad Eldridge, BSE Partners
Tod Friedman, Schottenstein Property Group
C. Todd Jones, AICUO
Ethan Finlay*, Columbus Crew (Player Representative)
Alan McKnight, Columbus Recreation and Parks
Jamie Ryan, Bailey Cavalieri LLC
JC Rice, Perio, Inc.
Lisa Wu Fate, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Jane Scott, Columbus Metropolitan Club

 

CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION STAFF

Keiana Mitchell, Development & Program Assistant, Kmitchell@thecrew.com, (614) 447-4174

CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE

The Crew Soccer Foundation has partnered with Pointstreak 5050 to enhance the Crew game day experience through an electronic 50/50 raffle system which will be available at every Crew home match. 

Fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets in some tailgate areas before the game and in the stadium when gates open. Tickets will be sold through halftime with a winner being announced at the 60th minute of the second half.  One lucky fan will win half of the evening's net proceeds.  A second chance drawing to win autographed memorabilia will also be available on our 50/50 micro site. For information on past winners and to enter the second chance drawing, please click here.

MARCH 22 WINNING NUMBER: A-93203

BE PART OF THE GIVING CREW!

Consider supporting the Crew Soccer Foundation and our mission to improve the quality of life for youth in Central Ohio and beyond.

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KICK FOR KIDS

The Crew Soccer Foundation presents Kicks for Kids, a partnership program providing Crew game tickets to local children's organizations.

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KIRK URSO MEMORIAL FUND

The Crew Soccer Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. The Fund provides a platform to develop and support youth heart health research and programming to honor the memory of Crew midfielder Kirk Urso. Urso passed away suddenly at the age of 22 of an Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy on August 5, 2012. For more information and to donate click here.
 
 

REFEREE SCHOLARSHIP

The Crew Soccer Foundation has kicked off its annual Referee Scholarship Program. The scholarship assists youngsters ages 14 to 18 who have the desire but not the means to obtain referee training, certification and a uniform. Click Here to find out more about the scholarship and download the grant application. You may also call the Crew Soccer Foundation at (614) 447-4174. The application deadline is December 13, 2013.
 

HUY ROAD PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

This fall, in partnership with Barbasol, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks*, the Crew Soccer Foundation will break ground on its third field development project located at Huy Road Park.  To find out more about this project and updates on construction click here. 
*working to confirm additional sponsors.

INNIS PARK FIELD REFURBISHMENT PROJECT

The Crew Soccer Foundation has partnered with MLS W.O.R.K.S., Scotts Miracle-Gro and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to create four new soccer fields at Innis Park, located in Northeast Columbus. The goal of this initiative is to create soccer space and programming for New Americans and inner-city youth in this area.
 

SOCCER AID

Soccer Aid is a unique annual fundraiser which capitalizes on soccer fans’ passion for the sport to raise money for charitable causes, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Our Soccer Aid Sports Memorabilia Auction & Raffle gives fans the opportunity to win unique items from sports stars around the world and assist JDRF in its mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.Through its first nine years, Soccer Aid has raised more than $36,000 (over $30,000 net) for the Mid-Ohio Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which remains the program's primary beneficiary.
 

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION PASSBACK PROGRAM

In partnership with Major League Soccer, the Columbus Crew and the Crew Soccer Foundation support the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program. This initiative offers fans the chance to donate new and gently used soccer equipment at a selected Crew game each season. Each year the Crew Soccer Foundation designates a beneficiary to receive such donations.
 

NAME IN LIGHTS PROGRAM

Wish that special someone, "Happy Birthday," "Happy Anniversary" or "Welcome" in a special way – let them see their "Name in Lights!" For a $50 contribution to the Crew Soccer Foundation, the Crew will display your message on Crew Stadium's video board and announce it over the public address system. Please call 614-447-4174 for more information.
 

CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION HEROES LEAGUE

The Crew Soccer Foundation Heroes League presented by Donate Life is designed to teach soccer and reinforce life skills for at-risk youth in Columbus.

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CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION FIELD

In conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, MLS W.O.R.K.S., adidas, FieldTurf and Korda, we are proud to present Crew Soccer Foundation Field. The project, three years in the making, has transformed the area north of the Stadium Club at Crew Stadium into a beautiful synthetic mini-pitch. This initiative will provide a unique recreational outlet and soccer programming for at-risk children.

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Crew Soccer Foundation Golf Classic

Crew players, celebrities and donors annually hit the links for the Crew Soccer Foundation Golf Classic. The event has raised nearly $14,000 since 2011 to support Crew Soccer Foundation programming for at-risk youth. For video of the 2012 Golf Classic click here
 

Kick for Kids Night

Each year the Crew Soccer Foundation hosts more than 3,000 youth from child focused non-profit organizations on Kicks for Kids Night presented by Cardinal Health. This unique program provides Crew game tickets to at-risk children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to see professional soccer in action. Kicks for Kids participants take part in on-field experiences and receive halftime recognition. For more information on how you can support Kicks for Kids.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

CSF is developing healthy lifestyles programming for youth that will focus on heart disease and risk prevention, concussion awareness and childhood obesity. Such programming will include soccer clinics and leagues emphasizing fitness, nutrition, and disease/injury prevention education. Click here for more information.