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Community Assist, a Grassroots Outreach


“Six youth were able to go to the game. They had the time of their lives.”


“An experience like this goes a long way in helping to restore hope.”


“Thank you so much – the family was really excited.”

Rabin Chhetri, refugee from Nepal, playing soccer
Rabin Chhetri, 21, a refugee from Nepal, plays soccer with friends at a tailgate party outside Mapfre Stadium before Saturday’s Crew SC game. He and other refugees attended the party and game through the local resettlement agency Community Refugee & Immigration Services. [Brooke LaValley/Dispatch]
By Sarah Hall
When the decision to investigate moving the Crew was announced, a group of fans (and soccer lovers in general) united to form what has come to be known as “Save The Crew,” a purely grassroots effort whose mission is to keep the Crew in Columbus. In doing so, we saw opportunities to pick up community outreach initiatives that had essentially been abandoned since the team’s new investor/operator took over in 2013. We knew we could use our growing social media powers to do good. To pick up the pieces in the absence of legitimate community outreach that good sports franchises do for their diverse communities. And that’s how Community Assist came to be.

It works like this: We spend the week leading up to select home matches promoting this community partnership via the Save The Crew social media channels. We ask for our supporters to either buy and transfer tickets in a specific part of the stadium predetermined to be the sections our partners will experience the match from or for season ticket holders to transfer their extra tickets for redistribution. Once we’ve collected the tickets for the week, we work to donate them through local non-profits that service the kind of populations of Columbus residents that might not otherwise have the opportunity to ever attend Crew SC games in person.

Just over halfway through the season, our generous fans have already donated over 250 tickets and have sent families and kids from a half-dozen agencies around town to see our professional soccer team. Our partners to date include Community Refugee & Immigration Services [CRIS], Gladden Community House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Star House, Local Matters, Communities In Schools of Central Ohio, and Equitas Health. We’re happy with the results so far, but we want to do more. We want to continue to grow the program and expand our outreach so we can work with even more local agencies. Even after we Save The Crew, we hope to keep this universally beloved program going.


“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie Stepanek


Pascasie Uwase, 16, plays with friends at a tailgate party
Pascasie Uwase, 16, plays with friends at a tailgate party outside of Mapfre Stadium before the Columbus Crew match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Columbus, Ohio on March 31, 2018. Uwase emigrated from Rwanda to the United States, she was visiting the game with the CRIS Program which helps refugees acclimate to living in the US through mentors who help them adjust to the culture. [Brooke LaValley/Dispatch]
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“Seis jóvenes pudieron ir al partido. La pasaron genial.”


“Una experiencia como esta ayuda mucho en restaurar la esperanza.”


“Muchisimas gracias – la familia estaba muy emocionada.”

Rabin Chhetri, refugee from Nepal, playing soccer
Rabin Chhetri, 21, un refugiado de Nepal, juega al fútbol con amigos en la fiesta fuera del Mapfre Stadium ante el partido del Crew SC. El y otros refugiados asistieron a la fiesta y a el partido a través de la agencia local de restablecimiento Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS). [Brooke LaValley/Dispatch]
Por Sarah Hall
Cuando la decisión de estudiar el mover el Crew fue anunciada, un grupo de hinchas (y amantes del fútbol en general) se unió a formar lo que muchos ya conocen como “Save The Crew,” un esfuerzo natural con la misión de dejar el Crew en Columbus. Al hacerlo, vimos oportunidades de tomar iniciativas en la comunidad que habían sido abandonadas desde el momento que el inversor/operador tomó su puesto en el 2013. Sabiamos que podiamos utilizar nuestras fuerzas a través de las redes sociales para hacer algo bueno. Recoger las piezas en la ausencia de un alcance comunitario legítimo que las buenas franquicias deportivas hacen por sus diversas comunidades. Y así es como surgió Community Assist.

Funciona asi: pasamos la semana previa a partidos locales promoviendo esta asociación comunitaria a través de los canales de redes sociales de Save The Crew. Pedimos a nuestros seguidores que compren o transfieran boletos en una parte específica del estadio predeterminadas a ser las secciones en las que nuestros socios experimentaran el partido o para que los titulares de la temporada transfieran sus boletos adicionales para la redistribución. Una vez que hemos reunido los boletos para la semana, trabajamos para donarlos a través de organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro que prestan servicios al tipo de poblaciones de residentes de Columbus que de otra manera no tendrían la oportunidad de asistir a los juegos de Crew SC en persona.

A poco más de la mitad de la temporada, nuestros generosos fanáticos ya han donado más de 250 boletos y han enviado a familias y niños de media docena de agencias por la ciudad para ver a nuestro equipo de fútbol profesional. Hasta la fecha, nuestros socios incluyen los Servicios Comunitarios de Refugiados e Inmigración (CRIS), Gladden Community House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Star House, Asuntos locales, Communities In Schools de Central Ohio y Equitas Health. Estamos contentos con los resultados hasta ahora, pero queremos hacer más. Queremos seguir haciendo crecer el programa y ampliar nuestro alcance para que podamos trabajar con incluso más agencias locales. Incluso después de que salvemos a The Crew, esperamos mantener en marcha este programa universalmente querido.

Pascasie Uwase, 16, plays with friends at a tailgate party
Pascasie Uwase, 16, juega con amigos en la fiesta fuera del Mapfre Stadium ante el partido del Columbus Crew, en Columbus Ohio el 31 de Marzo, 2018. Uwase vino desde Rwanda a los Estados Unidos. Fue al partido con la organización CRIS, que ayuda a los refugiados a acostumbrarse a vivir en EEUU a través de mentores quien los ayudan a adaptarse a la cultura. [Brooke LaValley/Dispatch]
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3 thoughts on “Community Assist, a Grassroots Outreach

  1. […] to welcome our new neighbors into our community. CRIS is one of Save The Crew’s partners in the Community Assist ticket donation program, enabling Crew supporters to welcome new Americans to Columbus Crew games […]

  2. […] This is a team YOU not only helped fund but also then sent to this match. We appreciate the Community Assist ticket donations and look forward to sending even more kids to see our Columbus Crew […]

  3. […] fans into our community. This grassroots community outreach was given a name befitting our nature: Community Assist. Since the beginning of the 2018 season we have collaborated with our generous supporters to send […]

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