All-Star Blog

November 18, 2019 – We held our 4th Annual Thanksgiving Drive, and over 300 bags were donated by individuals, schools, and organizations to ensure that our All-Stars had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Each bag serves a family of four. Thank you to: Arnold Sports Festival, Grange Insurance, Hahn Loeser, LBrands, Leaderpromos, McCord Rd. Christian Church, Northwoods, OCP Contractors (Columbus), Savage & Associates, and Upper Arlington Schools.

October 24, 2019 – ASAS Ohio students in Columbus and Toledo joined after school programs across the country to celebrate the mission of LightsOn Afterschool, and highlight the need and positive impact after school programs have on our youth today – especially those in underserved communities. Help us keep the lights on after school and support ASAS Ohio!

October 14, 2019 – With the support of the Columbus Blue Jacket Foundation, over 50 All-Stars in Columbus were able to participate in our Hockey Heroes Camp. Students learned how to play the game of hockey with the help of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club over a six week period. During camp week, the students used their skills in competitive games between our four schools, and were treated to a CBJ game at Nationwide Arena.

October 3, 2019 – During Family Night at Moler Elementary, the Columbus Division of Fire, the Columbus Division of Police, and the City of Columbus Division of Public Safety brought their trucks, cruisers, and canine units to support our event! The kids and families had a great time getting up close with the trucks & cruisers, and meeting the amazing men and women that protect their neighborhood.

September 9, 2019 – After-School All-Stars (ASAS Ohio) announced today we were again awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to continue our work offering a comprehensive afterschool program to at-risk children in Columbus and Toledo. In line with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative, ASAS believes that all children deserve quality learning experiences to help them succeed in school and in life. With the continued support of the Governor’s Office, ASAS will continue to make strides toward closing the opportunity gap so all children have access to a promising future.

July 2019 – Each summer, each After-School All-Stars chapter sends a student representative to attend a week-long leadership conference. This year, our All-Star representative for Ohio came from Champion Middle School (Columbus City Schools). He is a remarkable young man – besides his incredible smile, his positive energy and focus on succeeding in school and life made him an easy choice for this honor. This Fall, he plans on starting a club to help students with truancy issues. He hopes he can help get students back on track with school.

June 17-21, 2019 – Our All-Stars in Toledo and Columbus enjoyed a week of exploring all the amazing things you can do at your local metroparks. From archery to hiking to kayaking, our kids had a blast trying things you just can’t do in the city. Thank you to the staff at Metroparks Toledo & Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks for organizing a great week for our students! Thank you to LifeCare Alliance and Connecting Kids to Meals for providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the camp.

June 7, 2019 – CampUs 2019 is in the books! Over 40 middle-school aged students attended our camp at The Ohio State University this week. The camp is designed to prepare middle-school students for high school and to work on long term career goals. They toured various colleges, lived in the dorms, participated in career panel discussions with local professionals, and so much more! Learn more.

May 13-15, 2019 – Due to generous funding from the Columbus Blue Jacket Foundation, we were able to have more students participate in our Hockey Heroes camp than last year. We held one in November with Moler and Broadleigh Elementary Schools, and then conducted the camp with Eastgate and Cassady Elementary Schools this May. On the last day of camp, all four schools played together! By using the game of hockey, students not only have fun learning the sport, but they further develop life skills like leadership, resiliency, and teamwork. Thank you CBJ and all of our volunteers that helped with the camp!

May 9, 2019 – ASAS Ohio hosted its first spring fundraiser at Top Golf Columbus. Over 130 guests joined us for a great night of friendly competition, good food, and raffle prizes! Learn more.

May 2, 2019 – The First Tee of Central Ohio has been a tremendous community partner for All-Stars! The First Tee provided golf instruction, as well as valuable life skills that will help them succeed in school and in life. On May 2nd, All-Stars participated in an end of year golf outing. Thank you The First Tee!

May 2019 – Throughout the month, Buckeye Health partnered with All-Stars to support Family Nights in our Columbus and Toledo locations. The theme for each Family Night was wellness. Families enjoyed healthy meals, joined in athletic activities, and participated in group discussions about coping with bullying. Thank you Buckeye Health!

April 2019 – For 15 weeks, students at Broadleigh Elementary & Cassady Elementary Schools worked with the Youth Yoga Hour project – a group that teaches children how to use their breath and body to calm their mind and help them improve their social-emotional skills. Thank you to ADAMH Board of Franklin County for awarding us a grant to bring this program to our students!

March 22, 2019 – Earlier in March, ASAS Ohio debuted a new video at it’s annual fundraiser, Experience Arnold. The video highlights the need and mission of All-Stars. Thank you to Spacejunk, a full service motion graphics and live studio in Columbus, for bringing our story to life. Watch here.

March 4, 2019 – ASAS Ohio hosted it’s 5th Annual Experience Arnold on March 1st in Columbus. Held the first Friday of the Arnold Sports Festival weekend, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, legendary athletes, and special guests helped ASAS Ohio raise close to $200,000. Next year’s event will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020. Learn more.

March 4, 2019 – All-Stars from Columbus and Toledo participated in the NBA Math Hoops challenge in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, March 1st. All of the students performed well, including two students from Birmingham Elementary School who won the entire competition. They will advance to a regional competition. Before the competition, All-Stars were invited to tour the Fox Sports Ohio Production Studio. They got up close with equipment and had question & answer sessions about careers at FSO.

February 8, 2019 – Celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), several female athletes from local colleges in Columbus and Toledo visited our All-Stars to share the positive impact sports have had on their personal life and athletic career.

December 22, 2018 – Students at four All-Star locations in Columbus participated in the Dick & Jane Project – professional musicians work with middle-school aged students to write and produce their own songs. It was a fantastic experience for our students to create their own songs and learn about careers in the music industry! Songs are available on Spotify. Click here.

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