As part of their commitment to support positive change in local communities, Columbus Crew, Deportivo Cruz Azul, LIGA MX and MLS united to unveil a new digital learning center and a reimagined soccer activity zone at the Ohio Hispanic Coalition (OHC) North Site location.
The new soccer space will include a collapsible goal installation, co-designed by Columbus Crew and MLS Great, Kyle Martino. The existing parking lot will transform into a futsal-style soccer court for kids to enjoy when the parking lot is not in use, creating an accessible soccer space for the local community.
Later this fall, once the system is installed, Martino will return to showcase the system in conjunction with a Columbus Crew-led soccer clinic with local youth on the futsal-style court. The Crew will support the Ohio Hispanic Coalition as it looks to create soccer programming in an effort to help the game continue to grow in Columbus. In addition to this, MLS and LIGA MX donated new soccer equipment to the OHC.
The new digital center will enhance existing academic resources focused on addressing the digital divide. The new facility includes new laptops, tables and chairs and Campeones Cup themed décor. Columbus Crew will support the Ohio Hispanic Coalition through a diverse range of digital education programming including MLS’s Leadership Development program Actions Matter in partnership with EverFi – which focuses on ending discrimination through bullying prevention – and the “Get A Kick Out of Reading” program which focuses on encouraging literacy among adolescents.
Columbus Crew will host Cruz Azul on Wednesday, September 29 at the Crew’s brand-new stadium, Lower.com Field (8:00 p.m. ET on Univision, TUDN and ESPN2 in the U.S., TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and Canal 5 in Mexico) in Columbus, OH, to decide which league takes the title. Tickets to 2021 Campeones Cup – the annual clash between the reigning MLS and Liga MX Champions – are available via Ticketmaster.com and at this link.