Crew in the Community: October 13-19

Recap and preview of weekly Black & Gold community events

Following a highly successful “Boot Breast Cancer” night presented by OhioHealth on Sunday, October 7, the Crew is back in action throughout Central Ohio this week as the team prepares for its final push towards the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Despite not having a game this weekend due to the FIFA international break, the Black & Gold will bring the Crew Soccer Tour to the Fall Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 13 at Columbus Commons.

“Boot Breast Cancer” night presented by OhioHealth was part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. League-wide campaign to support breast cancer awareness, treatment and research initiatives. The first 10,000 fans through the gates received a pink rally towel courtesy of OhioHealth. Breast cancer survivors and their families also joined OhioHealth clinicians in forming a human ribbon on the field at halftime of the Crew’s 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City. All Crew players wore jerseys featuring pink MLS W.O.R.K.S. ribbon patches, with several wearing pink wristbands and shoelaces. Sunday’s game was played with a commemorative pink adidas PRIME match ball, and pink Gatorade sideline towels and adidas scarves were featured on each team’s bench.

There are two player appearances on Tuesday, October 16, as forwards Jairo Arrieta and Ben Speas attend the IHOP Pancake Flipping Challenge at the IHOP Renner road location (5500 Renner Rd., Columbus, 43026). That same day, goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum and forward Tommy Heinemann will participate in the DSACO Buddy Walk Clinic and Autograph Session at Crew Stadium.

Lastly, midfielder Ethan Finlay visits the students of Columbus Collegiate Academy on Friday, October 19. Full event details for all appearances are below. Members of the media interested in attending should contact a member of the Crew's communications staff to obtain finalized information.
 
Note: The attached photos are of the human pink ribbon formed at halftime of the 1-1 draw against Sporting KC on October 7, at Crew Stadium (Credit: Columbus Crew)
 
Who: Crew Soccer Tour
What: Columbus Commons Crew Harvest Fair
When: Saturday, October 13 – 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Columbus Commons
About: Columbus Commons celebrates the fall season with an old-fashioned Harvest Fair. Enjoy hay rides, a straw maze, field games, pumpkin-carving demos, fall food and much more.
 
Player(s): Jairo Arrieta, Ben Speas
What: IHOP appearance – 7:00 p.m. ET
When: Tuesday, October 16
Where: IHOP restaurant 5500 Renner Rd Columbus, OH 43026
About: Arrieta and Speas will be available for photos and autographs with fans as they participate in a pancake flipping challenge. Fans can sign up for a chance to compete in the challenge at TheCrew.com/IHOP <http://www.thecrew.com/IHOP> .
 
Player(s): Andy Gruenebaum, Tommy Heinemann
What: DSACO Buddy Walk Clinic and Autograph Session
When: Tuesday, October 16 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Where: Crew Stadium
About: Gruenebaum and Heinemann will participate in a free soccer clinic for people affected by Down Syndrome to help them experience the fundamentals of the game. Crew players are joining local Special Olympics coaches in this initiative.

Player(s): Ethan Finlay
What: Columbus Collegiate Academy visit
When: Friday, October 19 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Columbus Collegiate Academy
About: Finlay will visit with students to discuss the importance of healthy eating, fitness and literacy. He will also demonstrate soccer skills and answer questions about his career in soccer.