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A Year of Save The Crew

Over the last year our organization, city and global network of volunteers have accomplished an incredible amount. The one year anniversary of Save The Crew marks a celebration of all of our accomplishments. We’re not done yet.

October 2017

16 – The Grant Wahl tweet

17 – Phone call press conference that solidifies in many minds that the entire case for relocation has nothing to do with Columbus. That night #SaveTheCrew takes shape at impromptu gathering of fans at Hendoc’s Pub. “It’s not over, tell everyone you know”.

18 – First Leadership meeting (by phone). Save The Crew Era begins: LeVeque Tower inspired logo created by John Zidar, registered & quickly built by Tom Davis, social media begins, and Rally announced.

19 – Save The Crew adopts Slack.

21 – First in-person Leadership meeting.

22 – Save The Crew Rally at City Hall with 2000 people and speakers including Jeni Britton Bauer, Nate DeMars, Jeremy Loper, Steve Sirk, Mark Titus, Jonathan Smith, Dante Washington and Mike Clark. Dr. Pete Edwards attends the rally. Decision Day Save The Crew displays in stadiums across MLS.

23 – Leadership Meeting Minutes era begins thanks to Kelly Foust. 11 Committees were formed by the 20 attendees.

25 – Ethan McKinley and Morgan Hughes begin making free banners to ship all over the country.

26 – Adam Jahn shushes the crowd in Atlanta with the PK heard round MLS thus guaranteeing a home playoff game. Banner creation hits another gear. Save The Crew Actions page released.

28 – ESPN College Gameday takeover after a furious night of painting at Land-Grant Brewing. begins taking the first of 2,650 orders and counting since opening.

30 – Received resolution of support from Columbus City Council. This is the first of many throughout Central Ohio.

31 – First of two home playoff games filling Mapfre Stadium with Save The Crew banners. Trunk or Treat tailgate.

November 2017

2 – Received resolution of support from Clintonville Area Commission.

3 – First shipments sent to happy customers from

4 – Business Ally street team recruitment begins.

6 – Received resolution of support from Village of South Bloomfield. Endeavor Brewing hosts the first of almost every Leadership meeting since. (Ethan finally buys a respirator so he is no longer inhaling unsafe quantities of spray paint.)

9 – Shared Save The Crew calendar created by Nate Beckman.

11 – Business Affairs delivery event

14 – 10K signatures on the Save The Crew letter. Tim Myers publishes the first of two richly researched reports in support of the movement.

16 – Received resolution of support from Reynoldsburg.

17Metcalf Printing provides 15,000 yellow #SaveTheCrew signs. Crew Brew released by BrewDog as one of numerous local fundraisers from central Ohio businesses. Save The Crew app development started by 30xi and David Carver.

20 – First blog published on Counting this post there are 112 posts and counting. Received resolution of support from Franklin County Commissioners. Received resolution of support from Canal Winchester.

21 – Respect Your Roots by TIFOSWEAT. Friendsgiving tailgate with local business leaders from Hot Chicken Takeover, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Pursuit, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Land-Grant Brewing. Food drive for Mid Ohio Food Bank.

22 – Announcement of Digital Billboards located around Columbus.

26 – First vlog on Youtube &

December 2017

2 – #WeLoveYa month for the players coordinated by the Sunshine Brigade.

4 – Received resolution of support from Gahanna.

5 – Save The Crew Apps released on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It peaks at #71 in the Sports Category of the App Store.

6 – Winner of Franklin Park Conservatory Gingerbread Competition in the youth category is a #SaveTheCrew stadium by Aiden, Ava and Anna Milton.

9 – Alejandro Moreno sports Save The Crew scarf during halftime of MLS Cup.

11 – Received resolution of support from Delaware.

12 – Hudson Street Mural project started by designers Chris Blain & John Zidar.

15 – Cinema Ads placed in all Columbus based AMC theaters for the opening weekend of the Last Jedi.

16 – STC documentary screening and youth soccer gear drive at Endeavor Brewing. Jeremy Hollon from Community Refugee Immigration Services spoke about the connection between Columbus Crew and the youth in CRIS.

19 – Received resolution of support from Powell.

21 – Save The Crew discussed on BBC World News with Morgan.

22 – Organic (and ad promoted) release of fan appeal video that articulates how our community and the Crew are intertwined.

January 2018

7 – Targeted business outreach begins.

13 – State of Save The Crew event at Land-Grant Brewing. Community Kit promised by Morgan Hughes. (Someone get on that, please.)

15 – National Day of Service free Youth Clinic at Resolute Athletic Complex with Columbus Eagles FC.

19 – “Save The Crew” chants at the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia by Sons of Ben & other supporters.

29Community Kit available for pre-order. Sticker Packs designed by Carly Bevis added to Save The Crew apps.

February 2018

2-11 – Customers at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream send special Valentine’s Day cards to Crew players that are provided by Metcalf Printing.

5 – Save The Crew primary Community Kit sponsor revealed to be Compton Construction. Received resolution of support from Grandview Heights.

10 – Save The Crew announces 300 business allies.

12 – Community Kit sleeve sponsor revealed to be SafeLite AutoGlass. receives a face lift and now sports a crisp, clean design.

21 – First meeting for #FillTheFre at Woodlands Tavern. FTF are the dedicated volunteers that engage our community at both the stadium and special events throughout the season.

27 – Pfannkuchen Breakfast Save The Crew fundraiser at Das KaffeeHaus vFB is so popular that the pancakes sell out.

28 – Received resolution of support from Ohio Senate. Ticket Donations requested on social media for the first time. 60 tickets donated in the first week.

March 2018

7 – Metcalf Printing provides 15,000 more yellow #SaveTheCrew signs.

8Community Kit unveiled at King Avenue 5.

9 – Documentary premiere on Crewsmas Eve at Gateway Film Center with former Crew players.

10 – Crewsmas Day includes the first of many Save The Crew ads in print across the Dispatch and Columbus Business First.

20 – Stadium Proposal Era begins.

April 2018

21 – Hudson Street Respect Your Roots Mural unveiled on building canvas provided by Evolved Body Art.

23 – Community Assist ticket donation program grows. Over 400 tickets have been donated to welcome new Crew fans into our community during the 2018 season.

27 – Save The Crew presentation by Dr. Stephen Andon at International Association for Communication and Sport’s Summit at Indiana University.

May 2018

12 – Jon Busch retires with a custom Community Kit.

17Project 2019 Ticket Pledge announced.

18 – Save The Crew Snapchat filters debut at Mapfre Stadium.

19 – Festival Season Era begins with TacoFest tent staffed by volunteers.

25 – Save The Crew digital billboard for Project 2019 Ticket Pledge at CMH airport. Save The Crew writes a letter to the future owner of Columbus Crew in a full page ad in Columbus Business First.

29 – Defending Memorial Tournament champion Jason Dufner proudly wears Save The Crew/MSF hat designed by John Zidar.

June 2018

2 – Save The Crew T-shirts announced by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid.

8 – Columbus Arts Fest kids tifo painting assisted by volunteers.

9 – Present Alejandro Moreno with a custom Community Kit at MEGATAILGATE and displays the Arts Fest kids created tifos at the stadium.

16 – Save The Crew Night at Columbus Eagles FC game with volunteers.

24 – Save The Crew Night at Cleveland SC game with volunteers.

29 – STC and partner VAT, Inc. provide free bus from OSU to MAPFRE Stadium.

July 2018

9 – Free kids training sessions at Locker Soccer Academy.

11 – Land-Grant mural unveiled that is designed by Carly Bevis.

14Columbus Nations Cup soccer tournament fundraiser for CRIS with Save The Crew tent staffed by volunteers.

21 – City of Columbus and Bricker & Eckler host tailgate.

26 – World Cup Comedy Tour visits Columbus for an electric night presented by Total Soccer Show and The Cooligans.

29 – Graham Rahal proudly sports a Save The Crew sticker on the side of his racing helmet for the entire Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

31 – Snapchat filters at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the MLS All-Star Game and beyond.

August 2018

3Pelotonia Opening Ceremony tent staffed by volunteers.

4Save The Crew Peloton eventually raises over $13,500 for cancer research.

6 – STC 10K Ticket Pledge Celebration at Seventh Son Brewery where we reveal our concept for a future downtown stadium and training facility. Present Dante Washington with a custom Community Kit. Partnered with Rogers & Krajnak Architects and 801 Creative on the proposal.

7 – BLOCKStadiums announces a Save The Crew stadium available for purchase.

8 – Radio Ads begin on 97.1 The Fan in partnership with Rourke & Blumenthal and Rogers & Krajnak.

9 – Full-color, full-page Dispatch ad containing stadium rendering.

11 – Back-to-School Supply Drive at the MEGATAILGATE collects 839 total items including 52 backpacks that are later delivered to Livingston Elementary School.

12 – Festival Latino tent staffed by volunteers.

15 – Save The Crew & fans raise over $1600 to buy soccer equipment for Hilltonia Middle School and KIPP Columbus youth soccer teams.

19 – OSU Graduate & Professional School Fair tent staffed by volunteers.

27 – Digital billboard at Broad & High thanks to Compton Construction

September 2018

1-2 – Greek Festival tent staffed by volunteers.

6 – Save The Crew used as a case study by This Is The New Power author Henry Timms.

22 – STC and partner VAT, Inc. provide free bus from OSU to MAPFRE Stadium.

26 – Lowe’s Customer Appreciation Day tent staffed by volunteers.

29 – Pickerington Community Day booth staffed by volunteers.

October 2018

5 – Mike Golic, Jr. sports #SaveTheCrew scarf on TV broadcast of Golic & Wingo from Hofbräuhaus

6-7 – Italian Festival tent staffed by volunteers.

12 – Local ownership group announced that includes Haslam and Edwards families. Huge party at Endeavor Brewing. LeVeque Tower lit up in Crew colors.

17 – Save The Crew announces 8.9 million social media impressions since 10/16/2017.

18 – Dr. Chawansky’s Sport Facility Design & Management course at Otterbein learn from David Foust about Save The Crew’s Stadium Proposal on the same day Mr. Carrell’s 5th grade class at Waggoner Road Middle School present their #SaveTheCrew research projects.

21 – One Year, Still Here watch party at Land-Grant Brewing. Dr. Pete Edwards speaks at the event.

27 – T-Bone’s Save The Crew Bash at Hofbräuhaus.

28 – Final 2018 regular season game at 4:30 PM vs Minnesota United FC with the 10:30 AM Crew Legends player reunion at the Ohio History Center.

We’re not done yet.

Tell everyone you know.

3 thoughts on “A Year of Save The Crew

  1. A truly massive effort. Thanks to all!

  2. Great job. Let’s keep it going

  3. October 19 2017 Roosters a Official Sponsor tweets support for Save the Crew and not wanting the team to leave.

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