Columbus Crew players Ethan Finlay and Tyson Wahl stopped by Nationwide Children’s Hospital to take part in an activity group, helping the kids create and decorate photo albums. The players were also able to contribute the first picture to each album, having photos taken with each child.
Tonight at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the NASL's Carolina RailHawks are set to play a special exhibition match, serving as a fundraiser for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.
Urso, who played collegiately at UNC and captained the Tar Heels to the 2011 NCAA Championship, was honored and remembered at the Crew's home match on August 9 against Toronto FC.
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Crew midfielders Kevan George and Tony Tchani volunteered at Faith Mission Community Kitchen, near Crew Stadium last week. The players assisted in serving lunch, as well as preparing future meals for local families in need.
Columbus Crew players Wil Trapp and Josh Williams teamed up this week with Columbus Metropolitan Library branches in Gahanna and Reynoldsburg to read soccer themed books and to talk to children about the importance of reading. The readings come just days before the Crew launches its Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August.
Matt Lampson continued his LLS Hero program through a busy month of July by meeting with many special Heroes and their families. To date, Lampson has honored 18 Heroes at Crew matches.
Continuing the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will work with LLS to invite a child and his or her family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Crew rookie defender Ben Sweat made a surprise visit to the Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio Summer Day Camp to play games and interact with the campers.
Sweat taught the children a few tricks while working with them to improve their passing and shooting abilities.
Columbus Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joined members of the Crew front office at the Habitat for Humanity Home of Hope dedication ceremony last week. The ceremony wrapped up a four-month long project that began in March with Crew players and coaching staff.
In partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, the Crew Soccer Foundation coordinated a youth forum titled “The World of Soccer is MASSIVE” on June 20 for 50 high-school-aged youth. The event celebrated this year’s FIFA World Cup and gave participating children a behind-the-scenes look at Crew Stadium, helped the youth explore “global jobs in sports” and work in groups to consider the social, political and cultural dimensions of soccer.
In partnership with Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, players Chad Barson, Fifi Baiden, Adam Bedell, Eric Gehrig, Ben Speas and Hector Jimenez were joined by wish kids for an afternoon of bowling at Star Lanes Polaris. Eleven wish kids and their families were treated to a VIP experience, complete with private lanes, Crew gift bags, endless pizza and soft drinks. Even Crew Cat got involved in the competitive games.
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana has granted nearly 13,000 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout the tri-state area.