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July 2018

Congrats to our own Merv Brereton who is a finalist for MLS Works Community MVP! Vote now at For more details, visit our Newsletter page.

Finalist announced for MLS WORKS Community MVP Presented by Wells Fargo

July 19, 2018 -Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

NEW YORK - Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2018 MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo, which recognizes individuals using soccer to make a difference in their community. The Grand Prize winner, voted on by fans, will be recognized on-field during halftime of the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on August 1, and will receive a $25,000 donation for their selected charity.

Throughout June, MLS fans had the opportunity to nominate individuals who are building better communities using soccer. Twenty-three finalists have been chosen, one from each MLS club. Finalists were selected for making a positive impact in one of the following areas:

Social issues focusing on inclusion, diversity and equality.

Health issues affecting men, women or children.

Community service for a local, national or international charitable organization.

"MLS fans have always shared our League's commitment to giving back and serving their communities," said JoAnn Neale, MLS Chief Administrative & Social Responsibility Officer. "With our partners at Wells Fargo, we believe the Community MVP program is a great way to salute many of the outstanding individuals who continue to make positive impacts across the U.S. and Canada through the sport of soccer."

Each Community MVP finalist will receive two tickets to a 2018 MLS regular season match in their local market, a trip to MLS All-Star week in Atlanta, and an additional $1,000 donation from Wells Fargo to the nonprofit of their choice, among other prizes.

Fans are encouraged to vote for the Grand Prize winner by visiting the Community MVP Contest site ( and using the vote and Tweet buttons to cast their vote.

"In the past six years, MLS WORKS Community MVP winners have made a real difference to people in their communities, for example: improving foster care experiences, developing a scholarship program, and offering wellness activities for indigenous youth," said Gary Korotzer, Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing & Brand Strategy for Wells Fargo. "This program is an important example of how Wells Fargo is recommitting to our customers and the communities we serve. We are giving $1 million per day to non-profits around the country and we couldn't be prouder to partner with MLS WORKS to reward the organizations represented by these Community MVPs."

August 2017

German Village Walking Club Newsletter - reprint

- August 20, 2017 -
Thanks to the German Village Walking Club, who participated in the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative 5K. Below is a reprint of their weekly newsletter, which includes an account of the big event.


It was cool and damp early Saturday morning when Andrea and I set up the GVWC booth at the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative 5K, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Our 22-member Passion Team rocked the walk. Thank you all for attending, and thanks to Otto and Christie for leading the group to the event. Congrats to the AAWWI for bringing out 20,000 people to raise awareness about the health issues of African American men. A special thanks to John Gregory, the Founder of the AAMWWI, (and his team - Chad Anderson, Narahari Luke, Perry Gregory, and Deveone White) for recognizing the GVWC at the Walk Celebration last Thursday night with a "Going the Extra Mile" award - only 1 of the 80 vendors for the event receiving the award.

While we had more than a few curious looks-it must be our cool and colorful shirts!-we had lots of interest at our booth from people eager to learn more about the GVWC. Welcome to all the new GVWC e-newsletter subscribers. We hope you will come walk with us on Saturday mornings.

Especially for our new subscribers, this week we put two articles in the newsletter: 1. Why joining a fitness group significantly increases your fitness success rate, and 2. The 10 health benefits of starting a walking program. Also, in the newsletter this week:

Exercise Trends in 2017

Winner of GVWC t-shirt at AAMWWI 5K

Yoga Class Opportunity

Next Brunch at Valters – Saturday, August 26-Need Your RSVP

Here are a couple pictures from the AAMWWI on Saturday.


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Want To Have A Successful Exercise Program? Do This One Thing.

For me, there is no doubt that the number 1 reason I have maintained a consistent and successful fitness routine is that I have a fitness partner, my wife, Andrea. Although Andrea is a runner and I walk (as we like to joke, we are in a “mixed marriage”), we have the same weekly fitness routine. We’re out during the week at the same time. We do our long miles on the same day, and we usually enjoy our recovery meal together as we discuss our routes, the challenges with our outings, and all the interesting things along the way. Many times, when my motivation for getting out is low, knowing that she is going out motivates me to get going. In the end, I never regret dragging my lazy butt out to walk. Never.

Likewise, clubs like the GVWC offer the same success rate for maintaining consistent exercise regimes, which is just one of the advantages of belonging. For me, I know the group is there waiting on me. I depend on them as much as they depend on me. Plus, I have so much fun with everybody. You keep me motivated!

Here is an article from the Experience L!fe blog, the author Wayne Andersen, MD, co-founder and medical director of Take Shape for Life, a nationwide health and lifestyle coaching program based in Owings Mills, Md., Dr. Anderson says: "In my 10 years of experience evaluating what creates long-term health-and-fitness success, the single most important factor is having a support system. " I couldn't agree more.

Top 10 Reasons to Start Walking

One of the three tenets of the AAMWWI is to "Move More." At the GVWC, we couldn't agree more. The health benefits of starting and maintaining a regular exercise program are amazing. Walking is an easy, affordable and effective way to jump-start your fitness program.As this article from the Very Well blog states, by walking 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week, you can live longer, reduce your risk to most major diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and cancer), improve your brain power, lower stress, and improve your mood. Good luck finding a pill to do all that for you!

2017 Fitness Trends

You want to make sure you are part of the "cool fitness crowd" this year, right? Then check out this article from the MindBodyGreen blog. No 2 is way cool.

Winner of the GVWC T-Shirt at AAMWWI

Congratulations to DeAngelo Tatum, who won the raffle for the GVWC t-shirt!  Hope to see you wearing it out with the group on Saturday mornings!

Yoga Class with the Buckeye Striders

The Buckeye Striders are hosting a yoga class for race walkers at Burn Within Yoga in Grove City. They have invited the GVWC, though space is limited. Here are the details:
Saturday, September 9th from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

$25.00 or less (depending on the number of people participating)
Only 10 mats are available - recommended that participants bring their own if they have one.
Burn Within Yoga: 2126 Stringtown Road, Grove City, OH 43123

Please email Cindi Leeman of the Buckeye Striders directly if interested. RSVP by August 22 if you will participate.

Brunch at Valters

The GVWC is headed back to Valters, one of our great Club partners, after our walk on Saturday, August 26. Please email me by THIS FRIDAY if you plan to attend. Thanks!

Route of the Week

This week route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week


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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!



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What's New at K4KWUSAY Inc: KINGS for KIDS Worldwide United Soccer Association

Kings For Kids is a senior graduate soccer team for young men and women ages 18-25 showing strong potential to strive on a competitive Premier Soccer Team. Purpose: To provide higher level of training opportunities “hour by hour, life by life,”  facilitating players with a passion, to showcase in any environment, hopefully a professional career as soccer professional, mentoring athletes worldwide.

We “train up a child in the way he should go...” Our highly qualified mentors train and identify our “grasshopper” tiny tots' potential from an early age, continuing in the fundamentals, fitness, proper skills teaching, helping kids find life and looking forward to high school happiness. Our assistants and guidance attracts them in finding truth, holding on to their goodness which helps them all the way through college life.

Power of Our Training: It is long term training; results chased by life blessings full of light.  We have heard the calls and cries from fellows coaches, teachers, parents and players who have identified the many skillful Premier Level less fortunate, at risk, lower-income inner city soccer players, graduating out of our program and not been selected to foster their dreams for higher levels of training, game opportunities which will allowed scouts or premier level soccer coaches to know their ability, and where they can be sorted out for advancement opportunities based on their performance level.

Positive Growth: The power of excellence in every athlete is community oriented and this is developed within a team spirit building, a hub for excitement, supporting tools, individual inspired, strong community messages, making fun and participating in life meaningful programs.

Our unique soccer mentoring program stands out in its own class. Taking a glimpse worldwide, yes! You can see, you can be a part of something different. We share a great experience, you can move to grow making it possible for more young men and women to advance their technical skills while making lifelong impressions on kids.

Premier Perfect for YOU! It is an excited time for our young men and women to see someone care and will seek the omnipotent confidence to knock on closed doors, and soon have them open, for soccer players 18-25 years of age, to be seen and selected to ignite their true potential having a great soccer career opportunity.

CEO:  Our program has trained hundreds of soccer athletes who are scattered in many different areas of the world.  We have and are inspiring kids to have fun. The compassion we share with the kids, keep them returning season after season. We hope our players will glean all that we are offering, keep a strong heart, to help them to be healthy.

We want to hear from you! Please send us inspiring stories about how you or someone you know have developed or are developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime, and what K4KWUSA has done for you by opening those doors worldwide.

Please submit your story to:, or


LIVINGSTON PARK, 760 E. LIVINGSTON AVE., COLUMBUS - Please strongly consider participating in this event with your mentee and your family!

The Simba program has been actively engaged with this program since its beginning more than fourteen years ago. If you are available and free that day, please come out with your mentee and your family. There are free medical exams and activities for the entire family.  We will have an informational table at the event and we do have a Simba banner for those who would like to walk or run in the event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Daryle Cobb at



Homegrown midfielder is in his fifth season with the Black & Gold and was recently named captain of the club; a 2016 MLS All-Star, Trapp is five regular-season appearances away from reaching 100 in MLS and for Crew SC.

COLUMBUS - Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has signed Homegrown Player Wil Trapp to a multi-year contract extension. The 24-year-old is in his fifth season with the Black & Gold and was named captain of the club ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer Season. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used in this transaction. Trapp has made 95 regular-season appearances (92 starts) for Crew SC and was named to the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster.

The Gahanna, Ohio native made 30 appearances (29 starts) last season, providing one assist and playing a career-high 2,543 minutes. Per Opta, Trapp was one of only two players to successfully complete over 1,600 passes (1,734) during the 2016 MLS regular season. Out of the 93 MLS players to attempt at least 1,000 passes that same year, Trapp ranked second in passing accuracy with a rate of 88.06 percent.

"We are thrilled to announce that Wil has committed to remain in Columbus with a new multi-year contract extension. He is one of the leaders of our club, a model professional and an important part of our community," said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

Continued Berhalter: "He was raised in Gahanna, he is a product of the Crew SC Academy, he played at the University of Akron, he represented our country at the international level and now he is the captain of Columbus Crew SC. Wil has illuminated a path for any young players in Ohio who are hungry for success in this sport."

Trapp was signed by Crew SC as a Homegrown Player on December 13, 2012 at the age of 19. He made 16 appearances (all starts) during his debut season in 2013, notching one assist and playing 1,389 minutes. That year, he was also awarded the "Breakthrough Performance of the Year" honor by Crew SC. The midfielder was named vice captain ahead of his second season with the club. He made 28 appearances (28 starts), scored his first career-goal, and provided four assists in 2014, a year in which he was named to and represented the Black & Gold at the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game as part of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities. 2015 saw Trapp follow-up the success of the previous season by making 19 appearances (17 starts) and notching three assists while playing a key role in Crew SC's run to MLS Cup. The midfielder also made his first All-Star appearance in 2016, as he was on the AT&T MLS All-Star side that played against Premier League club Arsenal on July 28.

"I'm excited to stay here in Columbus and build this club and its brand on and off the field," said Trapp. "It's a wonderful opportunity with a great group of players to continue to push this club, style of soccer and my career forward. Playing in Columbus means a great deal to me and my family and I am humbled to remain a Crew SC player."

At the international level, Trapp has earned two senior National Team caps for the United States. He earned his first cap for the Stars and Stripes on January 28, 2015 in a friendly against Chile, entering as a second-half substitute. Trapp earned his second senior team cap for the U.S. against Canada on February 6, 2016 helping the squad to a 1-0 victory. At the youth level, he has been a member of the Under-14, U-15, U-18, U-20 and U-23 U.S. National Teams. In March 2016, Trapp was called-up again by the U-23s ahead of their home-and-home playoff against Colombia for a berth in the Summer Olympics. He started as the team's captain and played all 180 minutes over both contests, with the first coming at Colombia (March 25) and the second in Frisco, Texas (March 29). He participated in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Award that same year.

Prior to being signed by Crew SC, Trapp made 45 appearances (all starts) for the University of Akron over the course of two seasons (2011, 2012). He twice earned All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors (2011, 2012) and was the MAC Newcomer of the Year in 2011. A product of the Crew SC Academy, Trapp served as the team captain for the U-16 and U-18 Crew SC Academy squads, twice winning the Crew SC Player of the Year Award (2009, 2010).

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC signs midfielder Wil Trapp to a multi-year contract extension on March 14, 2017. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used in this transaction.

Name: Wil Trapp
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 150
Born: January 15, 1993 in Columbus, Ohio
Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Trapp was signed by Columbus as a Homegrown Player on December 14, 2012 and signed to a multi-year contract extension on March 14, 2017.
Previous Experience: Columbus Crew SC (2013-present)




COLUMBUS, Ohio – Around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13 seven very excited youth from the Near East Inner City Youth Soccer Program, administered by “Kicks For Kids Worldwide” United Soccer Association For Youth, began to gather at Port Columbus to receive final instructions before going on the trip of a lifetime. Well-deserving members of the OLIVES youth soccer team were invited guests of the Columbus Crew, professional soccer team and 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Champions. In keeping with tradition, one of the most prestigious rewards for achieving MLS champion status is the opportunity to be recognized by the President of the United States, at the White House.

The OLIVES team was represented by Abdi Ali, Abdiaziz Amin, Uriah Anang, Alpha Ousmane Diallo, Ibrahima Diop, Abdoulaye Sow, and Boubacar Thiam. The day’s itinerary and programming were coordinated by Robin Ungerleider, Crew Foundation Community Relations Manager and Program Specialist.

A smooth flight to Baltimore and scenic ride by motor coach to Washington served to heighten everyone’s anticipation of the main event. As the Washington D.C. skyline came into view, and massive buildings seemed to close in on both sides, the youth could hardly decide which sights to capture with their digital cameras. All the while the motor coach weaved through traffic on its way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, like scenes from a D.C. documentary, in the distance appeared the Washington Monument, then the Jefferson Memorial and, finally, the security-gated public entrance to the White House. As the bus load of well-groomed black-suited men, boys and two female coordinators deboarded, it was obvious a special delegation had arrived.

Upon clearing White House security the group was taken on an unexpected tour of the East Wing of the White House. The entire place was rich with Presidential history and grandeur and, in the words of the youth, “really cool.” Afterwards, there was time for an outdoor break in a courtyard where regal sounds of the U. S. Marine Corps brass ensemble played. Then it was time to proceed to the Rose Garden for the main event.

Upon official introduction, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, emerged with a hand wave and hearty “Hello, everybody.” President Obama acknowledged attending Ohio members of Congress: Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Steve Driehaus and Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, referring to them as soccer fans. With a proud Columbus Crew and officials staged in the background, President Obama congratulated them on winning their first MLS cup, which was on display, and for outstanding community service. President Obama also noted that they were accompanied by the OLIVES youth soccer players, who he pointed to on the first row, while praising them for also having a great soccer year and record of community service. Besides skills training and competitions, the OLIVES have participated in neighborhood clean-up projects, under the direction of coach and mentor Rev. Merv Brereton, as a way of giving back to the community. The Columbus Crew helped kick off the President and Mrs. Obama’s call for all Americans to volunteer in communities this summer as part of the “United We Serve” campaign. Community service highlights appear on the web site.

Clark Hunt, spokesperson for The Hunt Family and Crew investor-operator, thanked President Obama for the White House invitation and official recognition. He then presented a custom yellow and black Crew jersey bearing the name Obama and number 44 on the back. The President was also given a personally-autographed Crew soccer ball and banner.

Following the White House event, the next stop was Truesdell Elementary School, where the Crew and OLIVES got into gear for a skills clinic that included youth from the D.C. Scores Summer Youth Camp. John Wagner, president of Hunt Sports Group, encouraged the youth to get the most out of soccer training experiences and competitions, which impact physical fitness and health and can lead to great things in life and sports. By the end of the clinic, the youth had witnessed multiple demonstrations, practiced game techniques, and asked a field of questions before receiving their own personally-autographed soccer balls from the Crew.

Sornatha Fulford, organizational consultant and program volunteer, accompanied the OLIVES on the trip. She remarked, “Rev. Brereton’s passion for soccer and the incredible amount of time and resources he invests in mentoring the youth are what impressed me most.

President Obama’s recognition of the youth was a tremendous honor, and I believe the sky is the limit for where this program will go.”

Rev. Merv Brereton, a retired national soccer player, is the founder, director and senior coach for “Kicks For Kids Worldwide” United Soccer Assoc For Youth, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. For more program information contact 614-258-HELP (4357), 614-447-CREW (2739), or email:     

614-258-HELP (4357)  

854 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205