Final week of Soccer Aid II features Adu, Howard, Etcheverry, Ruiz, McBride and more

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Week four, the
final week of "Soccer Aid II," a unique
adrenaline-loaded fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes
Research, will start tonight (Sunday, August 15) at
midnight and run through Friday night, August 20, at

The exciting program that was launched in the United
States by Crew Head Coach Greg Andrulis in 2003, will
capitalize on soccer fans' passion for the sport to
raise money for a disease that is very important to
Greg and his family, Juvenile Diabetes. Greg's
nine-year-old son Austin has diabetes.

The concept is simple. Soccer fans bid on-line at and for a chance to win
autographed soccer jerseys of premier soccer players
from around the U.S. and world, as well as a chance to
experience the thrill of match day at Columbus Crew

The winning bidder will not only receive the
autographed jersey, but will get two tickets to The
Crew's game vs. Freddy Adu and D.C. United on August
21, a Soccer Aid T-shirt, play a 30-minute game prior
to the August 21 game, and participate in a post-game
reception with Crew players and staff.

Last year's Inaugural "Soccer Aid" consisted of 30
participants and raised over $13,000 for the Mid-Ohio
Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

"Our family is committed to fund-raising for Juvenile
Diabetes Research," said Andrulis. "Last year's
Soccer Aid was incredible and we are hoping for an
even better response this year. Insulin is not a
cure. This is about raising much needed research
dollars to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
Soccer Aid offers fans a chance to live the dream of
being their favorite player. Soccer is about passion,
an unrivaled passion that the soccer fan has for the
beautiful game. But Soccer Aid is not just about
passion for soccer, it's also about compassion."

At least eight jerseys will be available for bidding
during four week-long bidding periods. The first
bidding period ran from July 26-August 1, followed by
Week Two from August 1-8, and Week Three from August
8-15. The final week runs from August 15-20.

The final set of jerseys up for bidding are Tim
Howard (Manchester United, $400 minimum), Freddy Adu
(D.C., $400), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago, $400), Marco
Etcheverry (D.C., $400), Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles,
$400), John Harkes (Crew, $400), Brian McBride (Crew,
$400), Steve Ralston (New England, $200), Steve Jolley
(Dallas, $200), a team signed U.S. National Team
jersey ($400) from the 2003 U.S.-Paraguay game at Crew
Stadium, and any remaining Crew jerseys ($100).

Soccer Aid is fashioned after the highly successful
"Football Aid" program from the United Kingdom, which
grew out of a father's desire to create an exciting
and rewarding way to raise funds for diabetes
research. Craig Paterson founded "Football Aid" in
May 2001 in the UK. Football Aid is now global with
events throughout Europe. Football Aid has raised
over $2 million and has had over 4500 participants.

Shane Murphy of will give support and
help run the program. Details on how to bid for
jerseys for "Soccer Aid" are available at TheCrew.Com
and For more information concerning
"Soccer Aid," please contact Greg Andrulis at
614-492-1283 ext.15.

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