Crew players Bernardo Anor, Steve Clark, Justin Meram, Hector Jimenez and Michael Parkhurst joined Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter on Monday to kick-off a three-month partnership with Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio and the 2014 Home of Hope.
This project will continue to be supported by Crew staff and will be finished this summer.
Frankie Hejduk spent Monday reading to second graders at Richard Avenue Elementary in Grove City to celebrate National Read Across America Day.
Crew players Ethan Finlay and Josh Williams joined club President Mark McCullers, Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk and 30-plus members of the organization's front office to assist in this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Cheer event at the DiSalle Center. Christmas Cheer is Central Ohio's largest holiday toy and food distribution program and the annual event is set to distribute food and toys to nearly 8,000 families in need.
Christmas Cheer is the second event this holiday season that the Salvation Army and Columbus Crew have partnered together. Earlier this month, Crew employees volunteered for 18 hours in support of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk spent Tuesday afternoon going door-to-door delivering Thanksgiving dinners to families of The American Addition neighborhood in North Central Columbus. The Crew representatives were joined by Tray Lee Center Executive Director Marie Moreland to provide each family with a turkey, family-style side dish and pumpkin pie courtesy of the Columbus Crew.
With time on his hands during the offseason, Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson recently took advantage of the time away from the training ground to pen a blog for the Huffington Post about his fight and triumph over Stage 4B Hodgkins Lymphoma. Lampson details the hurdles he faced following the diagnosis and his efforts to fight the disease with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Frankie Hejduk and Matt Lampson joined forces with the YMCA of Central Ohio as celebrity riders for their annual RideSTRONG event which raised more than $85,000 for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a program offered at no cost to cancer survivors. The program allows survivors to move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
Crew players Justin Meram, Shawn Sloan and Eric Gehrig joined Frankie Hejduk on Monday to take over Fairbrook Elementary School during the annual “Crew Takes Over Your School” event. The players spent the afternoon assisting the children during lunch, participating in various activities during recess and teaching the children about the importance of staying active both mentally and physically through their Active Bodies, Active Minds assembly. Fairbrook Elementary was chosen as a result of their high participation in the Crew’s Educator Appreciation Night on June 15 which brought out more than 2,000 total educators through the Ohio Education Association.
Crew players Bernardo Anor, Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta, Matias Sanchez and Augustin Viana made a special delivery to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank this week in conjunction with the Crew’s ¡Viva el Fútbol! celebration presented by Lifeline of Ohio for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15).
At four different Crew home match dates throughout the 2013 season, fans were encouraged to bring canned food items to the Crew Stadium gates as part of the Crew and Sodexo Fight Hunger Food Drive. As a result of this drive, the two organizations were able to donate over 6,000 pounds of canned food which is enough to feed roughly 2,000 families.
(Photos courtesy of Kevin Cross / International Soccer Network)