GRANGE INSURANCE SIGNS ON AS
OF OHIO ALL-STAR CLASSIC
GAME TO BE HELD IN COLUMBUS
The Ohio All-Star Classic will be held at Columbus Crew Stadium for the next
three years after Columbus-based Grange Insurance signed an agreement to become
the high-school all-star football game's title sponsor, the Ohio High School
Football Coaches Association announced today.
The Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic, the longest-running all-star
football game in the country, will feature 68 of the best high-school football
players in Ohio, including 13 who will be freshmen at Ohio State University this
fall. This year's game will be held June 22. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
"We are thrilled that Grange Insurance has agreed to become the title sponsor
of the Ohio All-Star Classic. Their commitment to the Ohio All-Star Classic, its
players and coaches and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association is
much appreciated," said Gerald Cooke, first vice president of the Ohio High
School Football Coaches Association. "When we moved the game from Massillon in
2001, our hope was that we were beginning a long-term relationship with Columbus
and Crew Stadium. We are now confident that the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star
Classic will be held in Columbus for many years to come."
The Ohio All-Star Classic has been held every year since 1946, mostly at
Canton's Fawcett Stadium or Massillon's Paul Brown Stadium. The game was
moved to Columbus Crew Stadium in 2001. The agreement with Grange Insurance will
keep the game at Crew Stadium in 2003 and 2004. Past participants of the game
include Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Roger Staubach
and the late Vic Janowicz.
"Grange Insurance is proud to sponsor this classic sports event and we
salute the fine young athletes who are competing. Grange is committed to
supporting young people and through the Most Valuable Player scholarship
donation we can also recognize their excellence," said Phil Urban, president
and CEO of Grange Insurance. "As Chairman of the Greater Columbus Convention
& Visitors Bureau, I want to
promote bringing events such as this to Columbus. This is a wonderful
opportunity for Grange and for our independent agents throughout the state to
support the Classic and the student athletes in their communities."
The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association worked with the Greater
Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau and Columbus Crew Stadium officials to
the all-star game to Columbus in 2001 in an
effort to make the game more accessible to high-school football fans throughout
"Columbus looks forward to hosting the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic
for at least the next three years," said Linda Logan, sports marketing manager
for the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Last year's game
was a success and we now look forward to this game growing even bigger and
better in the future."
Proceeds from the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic will go towards the
Ohio High School Football Coaches Scholarship Program. The coaches association
each year grants scholarships to students. More than $30,000 was awarded to 60
students in 2001.
"Grange Insurance's commitment will enable the Ohio High School Football
Coaches Association to grant even more scholarships to more students in future
years," said John Raphael, Ohio All-Star Classic game coordinator and chair of
the Ohio All-Star Classic Committee. "We cannot thank Grange enough for their
support of the Ohio All-Star Classic and its efforts to raise scholarship money
for students in our state."
"On behalf of the Columbus Crew organization, I would like to thank Grange
Insurance for their support of the Ohio All Star Classic," said Mark McCullers,
vice president of Columbus Crew Stadium. "Grange Insurance once again
solidifies their role as a reliable community partner, staunch supporter of high
school athletics and generous contributor to educational programs."
The Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic will be televised to a statewide
audience on the Ohio News Network (ONN), a 24-hour news, weather and sports
INSURANCE OHIO ALL-STAR CLASSIC
68 of the top high school football players in Ohio
WHERE: Columbus Crew Stadium
WHEN: Saturday, June 22. Kickoff is 7:30
TELEVISION: Ohio News Network
TICKETS: Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at
the door. Advance tickets are available by calling Crew Stadium at 614-447-CREW
or visiting the stadium box office.
MEDIA PREVIEW DAY: The Grange Insurance
Ohio All-Star Classic players and coaches will be available at the Grange
Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic Media Preview Day at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June
16 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
CREDENTIALS: Please direct requests to
Brent LaLonde at email@example.com, via fax at 614-222-6143 or at 90 N.
High St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215. No credentials are needed for the Grange
Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic Media Preview Day.