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MLS WORKS and Columbus Crew SC to Unveil Renovations to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus Ahead of 2015 MLS Cup

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MLS Communications – (212) 450-1459
 
MLS WORKS and Columbus Crew SC to Unveil Renovations
to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus Ahead of 2015 MLS Cup
Columbus Crew SC Players Team Up with Boys & Girls Club Members
to Open Newly Transformed Learning Center
 
COLUMBUS, OH (Wednesday, December 2, 2015) – Ahead of this weekend’s 2015 MLS Cup in Columbus, MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and Columbus Crew SC have teamed up to renovate the learning center inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus’ Milo-Grogan location. 
 
During a dedication ceremony this Thursday, Crew SC players will officially unveil the Columbus Crew SC themed Learning Center, which will serve as a safe, after-school space for Columbus youth ages 6-14 to complete homework assignments and participate in age-based curriculum provided by Boys & Girls Club staff members.
 
Columbus Crew SC players will be on hand for the ceremony and then team up with Boys & Girls Club members to officially test out the new and unique features, which include a media lounge, computer space and white board wall
 
In addition to the learning center transformation, a representative from Southern New Hampshire University, Official Education Partner of Major League Soccer, will recognize a deserving community member by awarding a scholarship for continuing education.
 
WHAT:              Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus’ Milo-Grogan Learning Center Dedication Ceremony
 
WHEN:             Thursday, December 3
                         3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
 
WHERE:           Milo-Grogan Boys & Girls Club
1012 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
 
WHO:                Andy Loughnane, Columbus Crew SC President of Business Operations
                         Gregg Berhalter, Sporting Director and Head Coach, Columbus Crew SC
 Columbus Crew SC Players: Kei Kamara, Steve Clark, Michael Parkhurst, Tyson Wahl, Justin Meram
                         Rebecca Asmo, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
 Bill Hartglass, Vice President, Undergraduate Marketing & Student Recruitment, Southern New Hampshire University
 Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission
 
CONTACT:         Al D’Agostino, MLS Communications
              Email: Al.Dagostino@MLSsoccer.com
              Phone: (516) 698-5854
 
About MLS WORKS
MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/mls-works or follow us on Twitter (@MLSWORKS).

About The Columbus Crew SC Give Forward Program presented by MAPFRE Insurance
Give Forward is Columbus Crew SC's community platform and commitment to making a positive impact focused primarily in Central Ohio. With a particular focus in the following areas:
  • Serving challenged youth
  • Encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles
  • Honoring the military
  • Keeping Columbus beautiful
Give Forward creates opportunities for Crew SC players, coaches, staff and fans to play an important role in giving back to the community in meaningful ways.
 
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus provides access to comprehensive after-school and summer programs.  Working with 5,000 youth annually, the Club seeks to expand its efforts to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The learning area renovation inside the Milo-Grogan Club will include the creation of a Computer Lab and Media Lounge as well as a renovation of the library and reading spaces. For more information, please visit http://www.bgccolumbus.org
 
Note to members of the media covering Columbus Crew SC
When discussing the organization and the team, please reference the club as “Columbus Crew SC” on first reference as “Crew SC” is an appropriate secondary reference. Both references are singular subjects, while the tertiary reference “Black & Gold,” with the ampersand, is plural. Please note: we no longer use “Columbus Crew” or “The Crew” in our terminology of the club and “The Crew SC” is also not applicable. Our home venue is now known as MAPFRE Stadium and MAPFRE must be in all caps. (MAPFRE Stadium is pronounced “MAH-fray Stadium”). The club’s training facility is now known as the EAS Training Center at Obetz. If you have brand terminology or badge questions – or need the updated badge and word mark for your archives – please reach out to a member of Crew SC Communications.
 
Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: EAS Training Center at Obetz
 
About Columbus Crew SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and 2015 is the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2015 is Crew SC’s 17th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.