Connor Senn Match Ends Early, But Awareness Doesn’t

The 11th Annual Connor Senn Memorial match featuring the Columbus Crew and the Ohio State men’s soccer team was called in the 32nd minute last night due to lightening.

The Crew still managed to tally four times, with midfielder Cole Grossman scoring twice and the Venezuelan duo of Emilio Renteria and Bernardo Anor teaming up for the others.

However, the night wasn’t about the soccer game.  It was about raising awareness for sudden cardiac arrest and heart defects and honoring an unfortunate  and undeserving victim.

Connor Senn, childhood friend of the Crew’s Danny O’Rourke, was playing as a walk on for Ohio State his freshman year.  In a game against Akron on September 26th, 2001, he suddenly collapsed on the field.  Senn unfortunately died later that night due to an previously unknown heart defect.  He was only 18 years old.

Since that day, Connor’s locker has remained empty, and his favorite chair has hung in the Ohio State locker room with signed messages from his former teammates.

The proceeds from a silent auction before the game, as well as the ticket sales, go toward research and spreading the word about sudden cardiac arrest.

There is no better cause out there, as this has become a serious issue for athletes of all ages in recent times.

Unfortunately last night, the game ended suddenly to the dismay of many people; just like Connor’s young life.

Be Massive.  Play Like Connor Today.

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