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COLUMBUS CREW SOCCER CLUB JOINS ADIDAS, MLS WORKS, SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY AND THE U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION TO UNVEIL NEW SOCCER MINI-PITCH AT LINDEN PARK

Columbus City Council, Mayor Ginther and Columbus city officials to participate in dedication ceremony; state-of-the-art mini-pitch to provide local youth with a safe & accessible place to play

In partnership with Columbus Crew SC, the new mini-pitch located at Linden Park, is part of a commitment made by adidas, MLS WORKS, Southern New Hampshire University and the U.S. Soccer Foundation to build 20 mini-pitches in underserved communities across North America.  Each new mini-pitch will offer children in these communities a safe place to play, while providing a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities, supporting the continued growth of the game.  Additionally, SNHU will award a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community as part of the dedication ceremony.

Following the official dedication, local youth from KIDS League and Crew SC players will participate in a small-sided match on the new pitch. Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to combat children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, will also be introduced to the community.  Soccer for Success programming is scheduled to begin this Fall. Locally in Columbus, Soccer for Success is made possible by the Crew SC Foundation, which supports coach, player and referee development in underserved communities throughout Central Ohio.

 

WHO:   The ceremony will include short remarks from:

  • Andrew J. Ginther – Mayor, City of Columbus
  • Andy Loughnane – President of Business Operations, Columbus Crew SC
  • Gregg Berhalter – Sporting Director and Head Coach, Columbus Crew SC
  • Steve Thiel – Director of Partnership Marketing, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Jaiza N. Page – City Council member and Chairperson, Columbus Recreation and Parks
  • Tony Collins – Director, Columbus Recreation and Parks
  • Alex Stec – Brand Journalist and Crew SC Sideline Reporter - Emcee

Special guests scheduled to appear include:

  • Crew SC Players Chad Barson, Ethan Finlay, Hector Jimenez, Matt Pacifici, and captain Michael Parkhurst
  • Crew SC Executives

VISUALS:       Local Columbus boys and girls taking ceremonial first kick with players and executives. 20 boys and girls playing in the first match on the new pitch. Crew SC players will serve as celebrity coaches.

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 25, 2016│3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

WHERE:         Linden Park
                        1254 Briarwood Avenue
                        Columbus, OH 43211 

MEDIA CONTACT: Media interested in attending the mini-pitch unveiling to conduct interviews or receive event photos must contact Tim Miller (TMiller@columbuscrewsc.com).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS

Kristin Lamas Patterson
Southern New Hampshire University
603-629-3570
k.patterson@snhu.edu

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