COLUMBUS, Ohio It has been over seven years since the passing of Ohio State freshman defender Connor Senn, but his legacy lives on and continues to grow each year with the Connor Senn Memorial Match vs. the Columbus Crew. Now in its eighth year, the game delivered to you by R&L Carriers for the second-consecutive year takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with all proceeds benefitting the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ohio State.
In addition to the exhibition match, the event features a silent auction that consists of a wide array of Ohio State, Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer memorabilia, including many autographed items, as well donations from a variety of Columbus businesses and organizations.
With ticket and auction proceeds, the Fund has raised more than $142,000 to date, including a record-high $30,000 last season that officially made it a fully-endowed scholarship at The Ohio State University. The scholarship is awarded every year to a member of the Buckeye soccer team.
“As always, the guys are really looking forward to the match against the Crew,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “It is always our best opportunity of the spring to measure ourselves against a good opponent. We appreciate the efforts of the Crew, especially from a front-office standpoint with their gifts for the silent auction and to the team itself for coming over to play us.”
WATCH THE GAME ONLINE
The Ohio State-Crew game will be streamed live through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com with Scarlet and Gray Radio, Ohio State’s student station, providing play-by-play. It will be free to view.
BID ONLINE FOR SIGNED U.S. NATIONAL TEAM GEAR
Own a part of history as the U.S. National Team makes its run for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Visit the auction page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com to bid on an autographed U.S. National Team jersey and ball. This jersey and ball have been autographed by members of the National Team that played in the CONCACAF qualifying match for the World Cup vs. Mexico in Crew Stadium Feb. 11, 2009. **Item comes with a signed certificate of authenticity** ** All winning auction bids placed by residents of the state of Ohio are subject to Ohio state sales tax (6.75%)
When the Crew takes the field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Tuesday, there could be a few familiar faces for Buckeye fans. Eric Brunner, who played a key role in Ohio State’s run to the 2007 national championship game, is in his first season with the Crew. The Dublin, Ohio, native has started and played all 90 minutes in each of the team’s last three games.
Joining Brunner could be Geoff Marsh and Casey Latchem, who have been training with the Crew in recent weeks. Though not on the team’s roster, the duo has participated in reserve contests and are expected to see some minutes Tuesday as guest players.
BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER
The Seventh Annual Connor Senn Memorial Game brought in a record $30,000 last year and is expected to surpass that total Tuesday night thanks for corporate and private donations, the silent auction and ticket sales.
“Everything we had hoped the game would become has happened as a result of the hard work of the committee, led by Dave Tumbas and the members of the board of directors,” Bluem said. “The quality of the evening has become much better now from all standpoints, from the soccer match, to the silent auction and the crowds have been getting bigger every year.”
The game would not be what it is without the generous support of the Columbus Crew, who travel to the Ohio State campus every spring and raise the excitement, publicity and status of the event.
“The fundraising efforts have taken a new step forward this year with First Merit Bank becoming a named sponsor and R&L Carriers joining as an associate named sponsor,” Bluem said. “The Crew continues to be inspirational in their efforts to support this game. Mark McCullers, in particular, has been great to the game’s board of directors. The Crew’s spirit remains the same and they come over with the idea that it’s a fundraiser and they want to put on a show. They play very attractive soccer and make it an entertaining game. They are not concerned with the result necessarily as they are participating in the fundraising efforts.”
ABOUT CONNOR AND THE MEMORIAL FUND
The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team. Connor collapsed during Ohio State’s match at Akron Sept. 26, 2001 and died that night from a congenital heart defect. A native of Granville, Ohio, Connor was a freshman walk-on defender who had earned a starting position midway through the 2001 season. The Buckeyes went on to be selected for the NCAA tournament that season.
The legacy of Connor Senn will never be forgotten at Ohio State. A plaque honoring Connor hangs outside the Buckeyes’ locker room door and Connor’s chair hangs in the locker room, which all the players on the 2001 team signed with personal messages to Connor, who was known for his tremendous work ethic, positive attitude and selfless play.
“Play Like Connor Today” is the mantra of the Ohio State men’s soccer program and it has carried them to five trips to the NCAA tournament this decade and to the 2007 national championship game.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
Those wishing to make a contribution to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so by sending a check to Kristyn Carman, The Ohio State University, Gift Processing, The Fawcett Center, Room 709, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (account #410775). Please include your name and return address so you may receive documentation of your charitable contribution from Ohio State for your tax records.