All-Star Blog

January 26, 2021 – NBC4 shared a story with their viewers about ASAS Ohio’s new mentorship program with the Columbus Division of Fire’s RREACT division. Watch.



December 2020 – Nordecke, a club of Columbus Crew supporters, chose ASAS Ohio to receive a Blessing Box! Nordecke will fill the Blessing Box with shelf stable food items and hygiene products that we can distribute to families here in Columbus!



December 2020 – ASAS Ohio announced a new mentorship initiative with the Columbus Division of Fire’s RREACT division. Building on the Columbus Division of Fire’s excellence of civil service, ASAS participants will be matched with a first responder or “RREACT Buddy”. The RREACT Buddy will help our All-Stars build life skills through structure, resilience, and encouragement, while also providing a child an opportunity to experience a healthy relationship with a first responder.



December 2020 – For the 2nd year in a row, two young boys, Rex & Rowan, continued their mission to provide new warm blankets to kids in need in Columbus. “Operation Keep Kids Warm” collected over 325 blankets to be distributed to our All-Star families. Rex & Rowan are impressive young men with big hearts! Thank you!



November 2020 – The impact the pandemic has had on our community was even more apparent during our 5th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Drive. We are incredibly grateful to the individuals, businesses, and organizations that helped us provide over 300 family meals! Thank you to the Arnold Sports Festival, CAS, Cedar Creek Church, Grange Insurance, Jones MS (UA Schools), LBrands, Leaderpromos, and Savage & Associates! Our All-Star families truly appreciative the love and support of their community.



October 2020 – This year for Make a Difference Day, our All-Stars in Columbus chose to do something special for adults staying in an assisted living center close by. They decorated mugs and wrote letters to deliver for them. The kids also had a discussion about the positive impact adults have had on their lives.







September 2020 – With Columbus City Schools’ decision to move to online school for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we were determined to forge new partnerships with charter schools and community centers in low income neighborhoods. One location is KIPP Columbus. We are excited about our new partnership, and the positive impact we will have on the children and families we serve.



July 2020 – Last week, All-Star students from chapters across the country participated in the first Virtual All-Star Leadership University [ASLU]. Normally, ASLU is held in Washington, D.C. or L.A. with one student per chapter in attendance, but since it was held virtually, more students were invited to participate. Six students in Columbus were selected to take part in the conference. Through workshops, virtual team-building experiences, and amazing keynote speakers, we hope our All-Stars will use their newly acquired skills and use their voices to raise awareness and take action on issues that are important in their communities.



July 2020 – This year, our Toledo programming staff determined we could safely hold a mini version of our week-long Metroparks camp during the month of July. Each week, they worked with one of our four school sites. Nine students were able to attend per week and were immersed in a world of outdoor exploration.



June 2020 – TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, awarded $30k to ASAS Ohio to distribute giftcards to their All-Star families in need. During the first two weeks of June, ASAS Ohio staff handed out the Kroger gift cards to the families, and also sent the kids home with fun summer resources like sports equipment, books, Metroparks explorer bags, and much more. We are so grateful TikTok selected ASAS Ohio as a recipient of their community relief fund! Thank you TikTok!



May 2020 – Proud of our programming staff that helped distribute Columbus themed coloring books designed by local artists, and sports equipment from LiFEsports at various Columbus City Schools. The students were so excited to receive the items, and the parents expressed their appreciation for the community’s support during these challenging times.



April 2020 – To make sure our All-Stars stayed on track with their schoolwork during the quarantine, our programming staff in Toledo picked up homework packets from schools and delivered them to their students! Our All-Star kids also received activities from the Toledo Metroparks and weekend snack packs from Connecting Kids to Meals. Awesome!






March 2020 – When the “stay-at-home” order was put in place and schools closed, we quickly adapted our afterschool in-person program to an online program through Facebook. Our Programming Staff launched the first ASAS Ohio Virtual Academy with grade specific activities and videos.



March 2020 – Every year, our ASAS students in Toledo have participated in the NBA Math Hoops competition. This year, they traveled to Detroit. They faced fierce competition and a couple made it to the top 8. Students also got to meet two of the Detroit Pistons’ basketball players. Super cool!





February 2020 – To celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, students in our Toledo locations visited Bowling Green University to spend time with female student-athletes. They listened to advice from the student-athletes and how sports had a positive impact on their lives.






January 2020 – Captive Born Reptiles visited several of our school sites in Columbus. They students got up close and personal with lizards, snakes, and so much more! They had a great time learning about the reptiles.







December 2019 – Students at Cassady Elementary in Columbus started guitar lessons with Guitars Not Guns, an organization that provides free guitar instruction to children with few enrichment opportunities in their communities. At the end of the lessons, the students get to keep their guitars!





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 (Jones MS).





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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