To cap off Black & Gold Week, Columbus City Hall showed its support for its hometown soccer team by placing a massive Crew jersey on the corner of Front and Broad Streets.
"The Crew is one of many reasons why Columbus is a dynamic and exciting city to live in and visit," said City Council President Andrew J. Ginther. "I encourage all resident to come out and support the Crew this weekend and all season long."
Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk gave away tickets to Opening Match all afternoon as part of his "Find Frankie" scavenger hunt.
The Crew and Crew Soccer Foundation were active this past holiday season, assisting local charities through a variety of efforts. As part of the club’s year-long partnership with Faith Mission, Crew staff donated more than 450 non-perishable food items and needed supplies to assist homeless and at-risk families.
In addition, Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk spearheaded an effort to donate and distribute 50 toys to youngsters through the Franklin County Children’s Services’ Holiday Wish program. Frankie and fellow Crew staff also raised nearly $400 for Salvation Army emergency services by serving as bell ringers for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program.
In partnership with Lifeline of Ohio and the Hispanic Coalition, the Crew completed its Three Kings Toy Drive on January 5, by handing out toys to more than 400 Hispanic families in need. The event was marked by smiles and the spirit of sharing, as kids rejoiced in the festivities that included a live play, the traditional roscas de reyes, and the presence of the Three Kings themselves. Of course the festivities wouldn’t have been complete without the presence of Crew Cat and Honey Bee to help distribute the toys!
In keeping with its mission to assist at-risk youth, the Crew Soccer Foundation contributed to the holiday effort by raising nearly one thousand dollars through its annual holiday auction to support programming and services for children in need.
America's hardest working mascot, Crew Cat, joined fellow Columbus mascots Brutus Buckeye and Stinger in rappeling the PNC Building in downtown Columbus to promote "Over the Edge for Kids' Sake," an initiative run by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Though his nine lives apparently flashed before his eyes, Crew Cat made it to the bottom safely and will be back in action on October 28 for Fan Appeciation Day as the Crew takes on Toronto FC.
Crew Stadium will play host to the 2012 Girls and Boys Columbus City League Soccer Championships on Thursday evening to help give back to the community where the Columbus Crew has thrived for the past 17 years.
"We've been doing this for years and years, really since the stadium was opened," Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers said. "It's a way for us to give back to the community and show appreciation for what they do for us. Importantly, it's an opportunity to create a memorable experience for the kids that get to play a championship game at Crew Stadium. It's something they will remember for the rest of their lives."
The action kicks off with the girls' championship between the Centennial Stars and the Whetstone Braves at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Walnut Ridge Scots vs. the Whetstone Braves in the boys' championship at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. ET and admission is $6.00 for all persons over the age of six.
Due to the All-American Quarterhorse Congress at the Ohio Expo Center, fans are encourage to enter the Crew Stadium grounds off of Hudson Street.
Crew players visited patients at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Burn Unit with local firefighters to commemorate 9/11 and the National Day of Service.
In remembrance of September 11, 2001, Columbus Crew midfielder Cole Grossman, Midfielder Chris Birchall, Defender Josh Williams, Forward Justin Meram and Hunt Sports Group representative Lamar Hunt Jr. were accompanied by active duty firefighters from the Columbus Fire Department to visit patients at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Burn Unit. This was a part of the National Day of Service on Tuesday, September 11th.
Crew Brand Ambassador, Frankie Hejduk, stopped by the STH Heroes Cup 6v6 held at Buckeye Lake over the weekend. The STH Heroes Cup 6v6 is an adult soccer tournament that honored Columbus native Shawn Hannon who recently lost his life on April 4, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.