COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team will host the Columbus Crew in the Connor Senn Memorial Match at 7 p.m. May 4 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Now in its ninth year, all proceeds from the match and silent auction benefit the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ohio State, which has raised more than $150,000 to date and reached the university’s endowed status last year.
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.
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 Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s soccer program and it has carried them to seven trips to the NCAA tournament this decade and to the 2007 national championship game.
Please stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com in the following weeks for more information, including how to purchase tickets. The Buckeye men’s soccer team can also be followed through Twitter.com/OhioState_MSOC and Facebook.com/OhioStateMensSoccer.