As part of the club’s Give Forward initiative, Crew SC players Ben Speas and Brad Stuver participated in Asbury Elementary School's annual "Right to Read" week on Thursday, April 23. The players had a blast reading and answering questions from over 100 Kindergarten and 1st grade students. Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative is presented by MAPFRE Insurance.
As part of the club’s Give Forward initiative, Columbus Crew SC players teamed up with members of the MAPFRE Insurance staff to serve lunch at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio on Monday, March 30.
Crew SC’s Michael Parkhurst, Steve Clark, Ethan Finlay, Mohammed Saeid and Emanuel Pogatetz met with families, signed autographs and took photos during lunch. They also took a tour of the facility – the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world – including the Columbus Crew SC Exercise Room, which was renovated in 2013.
Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative is presented by MAPFRE Insurance. Monday’s event was made possible thanks to donations from Crew SC partners at MAPFRE, Papa John’s, Kroger and Pepsi.
Crew SC players Michael Parkhurst, Ben Speas, Chad Barson and Tyson Wahl, along with Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, pitched in at The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer event, helping families find the perfect gifts for their kids and food for the holidays. Members of the Crew SC Front Office staff also donated their time and labor to help make local families' holiday a little brighter.
Crew SC forward Kei Kamara paid a visit to Medina Middle School today to speak to the students about the importance of pursing their dreams and focusing on academics. Kamara shared his personal story about how sports helped him adjust to life in America after emigrating from his native Sierra Leone and achieve his goals.
In partnership with the United Way of Central Ohio, Crew defender Josh Williams recently surprised children of the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s after school program with books donated by Crew fans earlier in the season during the Get a Kick out of Reading book drive. Williams spoke to the kids about the importance of reading and staying in school, and helped them pick out books to take home.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, Assistant Coach Josh Wolff and Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk joined Local Matters for its fourth annual Harvest Ball to help raise over $100,000 for its critical, life-changing programs.
Local Matters has six years’ experience transforming communities in Columbus, Ohio through increased access to, affordability of and education about healthful foods. They have impacted over 15,000 lives with our life-changing programs to decrease obesity and diet-related disease, and combat food insecurity.
In 2015, Local Matter plans to expand its life-changing programming to reach over 10,000 individuals annually, who are at-risk of hunger and diet-related disease.
Crew Homegrown Goalkeeper Matt Lampson recently announced his non-profit the LampStrong Foundation, Inc. is officially an 501(c)(3) as recognized by the IRS.
This Sunday, Crew staff, family and friends are running the Columbus Marathon in support of the LampStrong Foundation. The team has already raised over $2,500 towards the goal ahead of the race. Click here to check out more about the Team LampStrong Marathon Team.
If you would like to support the team on Sunday, wear Crew gear, or -- if you prefer -- LampStrong T-shirts are available in the Crew Gear Store for a $25 donation to support Team LampStrong runners who will be running in lime green LampStrong Foundation tech shirts.
Lampson and the Crew thanks all runners and others who have supported the LampStrong Foundation.
Matt Lampson continued his LLS Hero program during the month of September by meeting with many special Heroes and their families. To date, Lampson has honored 26 Heroes at Crew matches.
Continuing the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper works with LLS to invite a child and his or her family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Crew players Tyson Wahl, Matt Walker, Wil Trapp and Aaron Schoenfeld teamed-up with Crew Cat and children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio Monday for an afternoon of playing games and hanging out at Dave & Buster’s. The Black & Gold also worked with DSACO earlier this week when Crew Stadium hosted its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 21.