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Military appreciation night with the Columbus Crew May 24

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The Columbus Crew has announced that the club’s Dare to Care platform has a full month of military appreciation scheduled with service events featuring players and staff. After a full month of community relations events, the four-week period will be capped-off by the club’s Military Appreciation Night presented by Heartland Bank on May 24 when the Crew is set to wear specially designed Crew camouflage numbers on its kits when the team takes on the Chicago Fire. The jerseys are to be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting USO of Central & Southern Ohio and Fisher House of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Activities began with the “Casting with the Crew” fishing event presented by Kroger, featuring Crew players and the Wounded Warrior Project Monday, April 28 at the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir in Powell. On May 12, Crew players and staff assisted in creating care packages for troops overseas and are working with Operation Buckeye at their Columbus headquarters.

Later this month, on May 19, the Crew travels to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for a visit with troops as the players are set to experience the base’s Firearm Training Simulator. Bidding for the special Crew camouflage-numbered jersey takes place exclusively online via began Thursday, May 8 and ends Saturday, May 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET following the Military Appreciation Night match.


Event: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Visit
Date: Monday, May 19: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Personnel: Crew players

Details: Crew players are going to be showing their support for the military by making a visit to Wright-Patterson AFB. During the visit, the players will participate in a Firearm Training Simulator, have lunch with the service men and women and visit the families that are staying in the Fisher House.

Event: Military Appreciation Night presented by Heartland Bank
Date: Saturday, May 24: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus Crew Stadium
Personnel Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire

Details: The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Crew Military Night Scarf presented by Heartland Bank. Crew players will be wearing a special kit featuring Crew camouflage numbers. These jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting USO of Central & Southern Ohio and Fisher House of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Bidding takes place exclusively online through beginning Thursday, May 8 at 12:00 p.m.ET and ending Saturday, May 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Following is a discounted offer for attending the match on Saturday May 24th.

Discounted Military Offer:

Promo Code: Honor

The Columbus Crew is Ohio's Major League Soccer club. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), and one of the League's Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2014 is the Crew’s 16th season at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium, the first topflight soccer-specific facility built in the United States. Founded by the American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.

Dare to Care is the Columbus Crew’s community platform and commitment to making a positive impact focused primarily in Central Ohio. With a particular focus on serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and keeping Columbus beautiful, Dare to Care creates opportunities for Crew players, coaches, staff and fans to play an important role in giving back to the community in meaningful ways.