COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game between the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew scheduled for 7 p.m. May 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children and groups and can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.
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.
“It is incredible to see how this game has expanded over the last nine years as a result of the hard work of the committee, led by Dave Tumbas and the members of the board of directors,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. “The quality of the evening – from the soccer match, to the silent auction and the crowd support – has improved far beyond our initial expectations.”
Following the game, there will be an autograph session with both Buckeye and Crew players and fans.
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 for the 2001 season. The Buckeyes went on to be selected for the NCAA Tournament that season for the second time in program history.
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 seven trips to the NCAA tournament this decade and to the 2007 national championship game.
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 Ohio Union, Room 125, 1480 W Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 (fund # 246475). Please include your name and return address so you may receive documentation of your charitable contribution from Ohio State for your tax records.