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Crew SC gets ready to return home against Chicago Fire as MLS 2020 schedule continues (Caleb Porter meets with Media)






Caleb Porter Crew SC coach On new season schedule Covid Protocols & August 20 opponent Chicago August 2020


Immediate Release: August 17, 2020


COLUMBUS — Following the announcement of Columbus Crew SC’s upcoming schedule of matches, the Club announced today that fans will not be permitted to attend the Crew’s first “Return to Play” match, against the Chicago Fire on Thursday, August 20. Additionally, the parking lots at MAPFRE Stadium will be closed to supporters for this match. The Club will make an announcement at a later date when it knows more regarding its potential ability to allow supporters at future Crew home matches in Phase 1, including against the Philadelphia Union (September 2) and FC Cincinnati (September 6).

“We have spent significant time, energy and resources on the development of a robust return to stadium plan that prioritizes the health and well-being of our players, fans and community. However, given the current state of the pandemic, we will not be hosting fans at our match this Thursday night,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We will certainly miss having our supporters cheer us on from the stands in our first game back in Columbus. As we move forward, we will continue to prioritize their health and safety while we navigate the challenges of the current pandemic. As things develop, we will continue to work with MLS as well as our local government and health authorities to determine whether we will be able to host fans at MAPFRE Stadium at some point during the season.”

Crew SC has collaborated with government health officials, medical experts, industry leaders and MLS and worked hard to develop a comprehensive venue reopening plan for MAPFRE Stadium. The Crew remains ready to host a limited number of fans with health and safety as our highest priority if and when the necessary approvals are secured. Crew SC recognizes that circumstances are fluid and as such, the Club has designed its plans to maximize flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Crew SC looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the State of Ohio and local public health officials in Columbus on its venue reopening plans. In the meantime, the Club will follow the guidance of MLS and execute robust safety and sanitization protocols for players and staff at MAPFRE Stadium as it does its part to ensure a safe continuation of the 2020 MLS season.
Crew SC’s re-opening preparedness at MAPFRE Stadium is guided by seven key principles: 1) physical separation, which includes a reduced capacity and specific circulation plan to maximize six feet physical distancing inside the stadium; 2) face coverings, which are required for everyone in the stadium; 3) health screenings, which include daily temperature screenings and symptom monitoring for all staff, as well as a fan health promise; 4) robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the venue; 5) comprehensive hygiene protocols for all supporters and staff; 6) clear signage and communication, including wayfinding, posted education and protocol materials that will be posted for fans and staff; and 7) accountability and flexibility in the form of robust plan governance, compliance and audit protocols along with continuous review and adjustment to evolving circumstances.
In light of MLS’s recent release of the revised “2020 Return to Play” schedule [Updated Crew Schedule] and because any future 2020 matches played in front of fans at MAPFRE Stadium will be at reduced capacity, all tickets to future 2020 matches will be issued as new tickets. With respect to any future 2020 Crew SC home matches that are played with fans, Crew SC will offer Season Ticket Members the opportunity to purchase tickets in waves based on tenure. Supporters with questions may contact the Membership Services Team (614-447-2739, ext. 1 or or visit for updated information.

All six Crew SC matches in Phase One are set to be televised locally on FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. Similarly, the Black & Gold’s first five matches will be aired locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contests. The club’s official website,, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcasts of all six matches with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. Radio broadcast information for Crew SC’s road contest against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, September 12, will be announced at a later date.


For a schedule of Crew SC’s upcoming 2020 MLS regular-season matches in Phase One, please see below:

Thursday, August 20 CHICAGO FIRE FOX Sports Ohio 7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 24 @ New York City FC FOX Sports Ohio 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 @ FC Cincinnati SportsTime Ohio 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2 PHILADELPHIA UNION FOX Sports Ohio 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 6 FC CINCINNATI SportsTime Ohio 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 12 @ Chicago Fire SportsTime Ohio 7:30 p.m.


Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz | Future Training Facility (2021): OhioHealth Performance Center | New, downtown stadium coming July 2021.




Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: First Shot to Fight Cancer on Thursday morning will be Bishop Hartley student Zaven Solomon


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship


August 18, 2020


Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials announced today the 14th annual ceremonial first tee shot, named First Shot to Fight Cancer. The shot will mark the beginning of tournament competition for the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club¾Scarlet Course. The First Shot to Fight Cancer ceremony will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, immediately prior to the tournament’s first starting time. Professional tee times for Thursday and Friday start at approximately 7:30 a.m. on tee Nos. 1 and 10.


Hitting the First Shot to Fight Cancer at the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be, “Patient Champion”, 16-year-old Zaven Solomon of Columbus, Ohio. Zaven’s journey began in August of 2019, when he experienced repeated difficulty breathing after navigating a flight of stairs during the first couple days of his sophomore year of high school. Zaven and his family visited their pediatrician, who ordered an X-ray. Later that day, Zaven’s mother was contacted by their pediatrician and told they needed to go to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as soon as possible. There was something in Zaven’s chest so large, that it took up the entire X-ray.


Zaven and his parents went to the emergency room and after a few scans, and what seemed like a lifetime, they received the results. It was cancer. A biopsy was needed to determine the type of cancer.


Zaven was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), as the mass in his chest was so large that it was pressing down on his heart and lungs which is why he was having trouble catching his breath. He had a team of Oncology and Cardiology doctors caring for him and they decided that he could not have a biopsy until his heart was treated. He had surgery on his heart which drained 12 ounces of fluid. He then had bone marrow surgery and finally a biopsy to confirm the presence of disease. Due to Zaven’s heart and lungs, his doctors were concerned about giving Zaven anesthesia, therefore he had all three of these surgeries while awake! “He is the strongest kid I have ever known,” his mother Stephanie said.


On August 27th, 2019, Zaven was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.


Hodgkins Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your body’s immune system. When Zaven heard his diagnosis, he said, “Every doctor, nurse, aid, etc., was extremely helpful in making me feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and confident that I would beat this disease. Any questions that we asked, and there were hundreds, were answered directly and honestly, whether the answer was good or not. I trusted that my team had my best interest at heart and with God, would help me get through this.”


Zaven’s first round of chemotherapy was a little rocky with the side effects, but he pushed through it like a champ.  One day before his second round of treatment, Zaven complained of pain on the right side of his stomach. By the next morning, the pain was severe enough for an ultrasound to be conducted. The discovery was a ruptured appendix.  Round two of chemotherapy was delayed approximately six weeks and Zaven was admitted back into the hospital to get the infection from his appendix under control. He had his appendix removed on December 13th and was then able to have his remaining three chemotherapy sessions.


Zaven completed his chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments this past January. He has monthly check-up appointments where his scans continue to show a decrease in cancer cells.


Zaven is excited to be a Patient Champion for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and share his story. He wants other children who may be going through this experience to know that they are not alone. He knows what they are feeling and what they are going through!


Zaven will be a junior at Bishop Hartley High School this year and in his free time enjoys being with his parents, hanging out with friends, playing video games and basketball.




2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Schedule of Events


Schedule of Events

Schedule times and events subject to change

    - First Shot to Fight Cancer: 7:20 a.m.
    - First Round Official Tournament Competition: 7:30 a.m. start (estimated)

    - Second Round Official Tournament Competition: 7:30 a.m. start (estimated)

    - Third Round Official Tournament Competition: 8 a.m. start (estimated)

    - Final Round Official Tournament Competition: 8:30 a.m. start (estimated)


2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to be held without Spectators


Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that as a result of the ongoing health and safety issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been determined that competition rounds for the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, August 20-23, will be conducted without spectators at The Ohio State University Golf Club.

The decision to play the 14th installment of the official Korn Ferry Tour Finals event without spectators was made in collaboration with the PGA TOUR and Nationwide, with the health and safety of all involved being the top priority.

Charity will remain the primary focus of the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Last year’s tournament raised a total of $2,437,194 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,305,854 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of nearly $13.8 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

“We are looking forward to hosting the 2020 tournament and carrying on its philanthropic mission,” said John Carter, President & Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial and chairman of the board of directors for Champions of the Community, the host organization for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “While it will look a bit different this year, the event’s overall commitment to Nationwide Children’s and charitable causes in the community will remain as strong as ever.”

In related news, the official Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, August 19, will be staged as scheduled, with additional safety protocols in place for participants.

On May 4, the Korn Ferry Tour announced modifications and details regarding the restart of the 2020 schedule and a fall calendar of events that will be part of a one-time, combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season.

The announcement of a fall schedule came after the PGA TOUR announced that, due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation or postponement of 13 events from the 2019-20 TOUR Season, eligibility would be extended for exempt 2019-20 PGA TOUR members for the 2020-21 season. These adjustments will result in the Korn Ferry Tour not having a graduating class in 2020; however, the TOUR has established a performance benefit for the top 10 from the Korn Ferry Tour points list following the conclusion of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Those players will be granted access into all PGA TOUR additional events for the 2020-21 season.

In addition, the top five players not otherwise exempt on a three-tournament points list encompassing the 2020 Albertsons Boise Open, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship will receive a special exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

As a result of the schedule changes, Korn Ferry Tour Finals events, including the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, will be conducted ¾ for one year only ¾ as Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series events, featuring increased points and limited field sizes. The new modified regular season will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, followed by an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the three Finals events, of which the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be second.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (nchcgolf) and Facebook (



The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2020-2021 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Korn Ferry Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (



The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.



Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit









Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, a part of the Korn Ferry Tour

Revised 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Season schedule:

Dates Event Course Location
June 8-14 Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
* June 15-20 The King & Bear Classic at World Golf Village The King & Bear GC at World Golf Village St. Augustine, Florida
June 22-28 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank Oakridge CC Farmington, Utah
June 29-July 5 TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes TPC Colorado Berthoud, Colorado
July 6-12 TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons TPC San Antonio (Canyons Course) San Antonio, Texas
* July 13-18 TPC San Antonio Championship at the Oaks TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course) San Antonio, Texas
July 20-26 Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper Highland Springs CC Springfield, Missouri
July 27-August 2 Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna The Club at Indian Creek Omaha, Nebraska
August 3-9 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow) North Plains, Oregon
August 10-16 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco Hillcrest CC Boise, Idaho
August 17-23 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Ohio State University GC (Scarlet) Columbus, Ohio
August 24-30 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance Victoria National GC Newburgh, Indiana
August 31-September 6 Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS Panther Creek CC Springfield, Illinois
September 7-13 Evans Scholars Invitational TBD Chicago, Illinois
September 21-27 Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth Crestview CC Wichita, Kansas
September 28-October 4 Savannah Golf Championship The Landings Club (Deer Creek) Savannah, Georgia
October 5-11 Orange County National Championship presented by Knight 39 Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge (Panther Lake) Winter Garden,




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