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Crew announces “STUFF THE STADIUM” Backpack Drive for June 23rd game against Sporting KC



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Supporters encouraged to bring backpack filled with school supplies to Crew SC’s home match against Sporting Kansas City, benefiting 25 local school districts throughout Franklin and Licking County

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC recently announced that the Club is set to host its “Stuff the Stadium” backpack drive on Sunday, June 23 at MAPFRE Stadium, prior to its home match against Sporting Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. ET. Crew SC supporters who bring a new backpack stuffed with school supplies to Gate 5 of MAPFRE Stadium will receive a voucher for a free ticket* to the match against Sporting Kansas City. The event is part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, presented by MAPFRE Insurance.

“We are proud to participate in this great community initiative,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “With “Stuff the Stadium,” we have the opportunity to help give local Columbus students the tools that they need in order to succeed academically.”
“Stuff the Stadium” is being held to support Stuff the Backpack in collaboration with local TV station NBC4 in Columbus. Supporters may bring backpacks and supplies beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. All supplies collected will go to 25 local school districts throughout Franklin County and Licking County. Stuff the Backpack is the largest backpack drive in the country. In 2018, NBC4 helped collect 50,000 backpacks.

Ahead of their match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, June 23, the Black & Gold are slated to face Atlanta United he Charleston Battery at MAPFRE Stadium in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Match on Tuesday, June 18 [7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN+ (Stream)].

*Tickets limited to first 1,500 participating supporters


Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. 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 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

MAPFRE Insurance, rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, serves policyholders in 19 states across the United States through a network of more than 5,000 independent agents and brokers.  MAPFRE Insurance is the 19th largest provider of personal automobile insurance and the 20th largest personal lines insurer in the United States. MAPFRE Insurance is also the largest private passenger automobile insurer, homeowners’ insurer and commercial automobile insurer in Massachusetts. MAPFRE Insurance provides a full range of insurance products, including coverage for automobiles, homes, motorcycles, watercraft and business.  MAPFRE Insurance is part of the MAPFRE Group.

Give Forward,
presented by MAPFRE Insurance, is Columbus Crew SC’s community platform and commitment to making a positive impact focused primarily in Central Ohio. With a particular focus on serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and 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. In March of 2015, MAPFRE Insurance became the presenting sponsor of the platform as part of their commitment to the Central Ohio community. More information on the club’s community efforts is available at