April 17, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-John Bluem, men’s soccer head coach, and Jim Smith, Columbus Crew general manager, today announced the installation of the Connor Senn Memorial Match, featuring The Ohio State University and the Crew of Major League Soccer. The match, which will be played every spring at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, kicks off this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.
Tickets for the match are $3 for adults and $1 for students (with identification) and youth under 18. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund. All fans also are invited to stay for a postgame autograph session with Ohio State and the Crew.
“What an incredible opportunity for the Ohio State men’s soccer program,” Bluem said. “We would like to thank the Columbus Crew very much for their willingness to participate in this annual fundraising match. It is another example of their ongoing commitment to the community and to the growth of the game of soccer at all levels.”
Senn, a native of Granville, Ohio, and a freshman member of the men’s soccer team, died Sept. 26, 2001, after collapsing during the second half of the Ohio State at Akron match. An autopsy later revealed the cause of Senn’s death to be a congenital anomalous origin of his left coronary artery. A walk-on defender, Senn had earned a starting position midway through the season, seeing action in eight of ten matches and starting five.
“The Crew organization is proud to be involved in the creation of this annual event to honor the memory of a terrific young man from central Ohio,” Smith said. “Connor’s death stunned everyone in the Ohio soccer community and endowing a scholarship in his name is a fitting tribute to him.”
Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team, started the scholarship fund in his son’s honor. The goal of the fund is to endow a scholarship for an Ohio State men’s soccer student-athlete in Connor Senn’s name. The Senn family and friends have provided the initial funding of approximately $13,000. The fund will be formally named after Senn at the $25,000 level and will be fully endowed once it reaches $100,000.
Those who cannot attend the match but still would like to donate to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund can send a check to Kristyn Carman, The Ohio State University, Gift Processing, The Fawcett Center, Room 113, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (account #410775). You will receive documentation of your charitable contribution from Ohio State for your tax records.
Another portion of the proceeds from the match will help fund Ohio State soccer’s preseason trip to Germany.