After a training session to prepare for Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls, the Crew hit the links at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City for the Crew Soccer Foundation Golf Classic. LPGA pro and fellow Barbasol/Pure Silk team member Natalie Gulbis was the guest of honor, answering fan inquiries in a question-and-answer session and teaching the trade secrets in a short game clinic. Over 120 golfers participated in the event, with proceeds benefitting the Crew Soccer Foundation's Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.
The Urso Fund provides a platform to develop and support youth heart health research and programming to honor Urso's memory. The Crew midfielder passed away suddenly at the age of 22 of an Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy on August 5, 2012.
Frankie Hejduk made a surprise visit to the Tray Lee Center for their end of the summer BBQ on Friday. The children performed a few dances for Frankie before a boys vs. girls pick-up game broke out with the former Columbus Crew captain. The game, after a late goal from the boys in added time, ended in a 3-3 draw.
Crew Players Kyle Hyland, Shawn Sloan and Eric Gehrig spent Monday afternoon with the patients of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The children were able to play games and create arts and crafts projects with the players during the visit.
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