Columbus Crew players Wil Trapp and Ryan Finley teamed up this week with Columbus Metropolitan Library branches in Gahanna and Whetstone to read soccer books and talk to children about the importance of reading. The readings come just days before The Crew launch its Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August. For more information on how to participate in this program and to download the reading scoresheet , please visit www.thecrew.com/read.
Crew players Josh Williams, Andy Gruenebaum, Konrad Warzycha, Ben Speas, Shawn Sloan and Ethan Finlay spent Monday afternoon playing games and hanging out with children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio at Dave & Buster’s. The Black & Gold will work again with the DSACO when Crew Stadium will host its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 22.
Crew Homegrown defender Chad Barson joined the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools program to read aloud and talk to children about the importance of reading on Monday morning. The reading comes just two weeks before The Crew launches its Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August.
For more information on how to participate in this program and to download the reading score sheet, please visit www.thecrew.com/read.
The Columbus Crew welcomed special guest Lucas Swanson to Crew Stadium on Saturday night through the club's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hero program. Making this night especially memorable was the opportunity he had to meet with Crew goalkeeper and lymphoma survivor Matt Lampson and New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston, who recently made a return to his club after a being diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of leukemia in April, after the match. Lampson also serves as the local spokesperson for the LLS of Central Ohio.
On the heels of its Military Appreciation Night on June 22, the Crew joined forces with Operation Buckeye to help prepare care packages that will be sent to servicemen and women overseas. Players and staff spent Wednesday afternoon filling boxes with food, toiletries and letters of encouragement to help brighten soldiers' spirits while they serve the United States Military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We have to be thankful for everything the troops do for us," Crew midfielder Justin Meram said. "Anyway I can help give back to them, I will do it. Without them our country wouldn't be so great.
"We have to do everything we can to make their days better. They're out there with just water and not much to eat. These are the times when we need to help and make those days a little bit easier for them."
Last year alone, Operation Buckeye sent over 5,000 boxes overseas to troops stationed overseas. For more information, visit OperationBuckeye.org.
Ethan Finlay, Matt Lampson and Konrad Warzycha stopped by Nationwide Children’s Hospital with Crew Cat to visit with patients and family members of patients. They played soccer, musical instruments and created drawings for the kids in attendance and Matt Lampson’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle drawings were a hit. Each child received a mini-soccer ball autographed by each player and Crew Cat.
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— Konrad Warzycha (@k_warzycha) May 21, 2013
Columbus Crew Defenders Drew Beckie, Chad Barson and Kyle Hyland stopped by the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio to visit families and volunteers. They took a tour of the house, passed out mini-soccer balls plus signed the wall in the newly renovated Columbus Crew workout room that was unveiled in March.
— Kyle Hyland (@KyleHyland31) May 14, 2013
Columbus Crew Owner/Director Lamar Hunt, Jr. and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk paid a visit to Shady Lane Elementary School on Monday morning to inspire second graders to pursue college in their future. Frankie led the classes in a "We are MASSIVE!" chant before sharing his story of hard work in school and on the field. Lamar Hunt, Jr. then read the book "I Know I Can" aloud, which taught the children the importance of working hard toward a college education.
The event was part of the I Know I Can program, which helps Columbus City Schools students enter and succeed in college. Following the presentation. each of the students was given a voucher for a free ticket to an upcoming Crew match.
Crew Homegrown’s Chad Barson & Aaron Horton served as Celebrity Referees for a Project Hope Fundraiser at Olentangy Liberty High School on Monday, April 29th. Barson is a graduate of Olentangy High School and Horton is a graduate of Olentangy Orange High School. It was a spirited match between a club soccer team and a team of seniors and coaches from the Varsity Soccer team. The club team came out on top with some last minute heroics that was so exciting even Chad and Aaron joined in the celebrations! Project Hope works to make health care available for people around the globe. Click here for more information on Project Hope.
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.