About 2nd Annual Connor Senn Memorial Benefit Presents Josh Sneed
The legacy of Connor Senn will not soon be forgotten at Ohio State. Senn, a freshman member of the 2001 soccer team, collapsed during the second half of Ohio State's match at the University of Akron on Sept. 26, 2001, and died later that night, shortly before midnight, due to a congenital heart defect. Dr. Lance Senn, Connor's father and former member of the Ohio State tennis team, started the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund grows through gifts from friends and family of Connor, as well as through proceeds from the annual Connor Senn Memorial Match, which, each spring, pits the Buckeyes against the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. "We are always very excited about playing the Crew for such a wonderful cause," said John Bluem, Ohio State head coach. "The Columbus Crew and our own administration here at Ohio State should be recognized for their commitment to the Senn family." "The university and the Crew are both a big part of the local community," said Ohio State senior forward Justin Cook. "Bringing the two together to raise money and play a good soccer match is always a worthwhile experience." Connor was born April 15, 1983 in Newark, Ohio, to Lance and Margaret Senn. Connor grew up in Granville, Ohio, located 27 miles east of Columbus, with his older sister, Molly, and older brother, Henry. He attended Granville High School and earned all-league, all-district and all-state honors and was named the Mid-State League Most Valuable Player as a senior. A member of the Columbus Metro Team Admiral, Senn helped lead his squad to four State Cup titles. In 2001 Senn graduated from Granville High School and that fall came to Ohio State as a walk-on defender. It was not long, however, before Senn broke into the starting lineup, where he started five of the eight matches in which he played during that season for the nationally ranked Buckeyes. "Play Like Connor Today," the team's mantra, does not simply pertain to the game of soccer but has more to do with the game of life. For coach John Bluem, the motto is a challenge to his student-athletes to live their lives like Senn lived his. Although Senn was only with the team for the first eight regular-season games of the 2001 season, he had already found his niche on the team. Bluem knew his incoming freshman was going to bring great athleticism to the squad, but was surprised by the ease in which Senn made the transition to college life. "He impressed all of us with his dedication and his ability to play the game," Bluem said. "We knew Connor was a good player but I didn't think he was going to step into the starting lineup. He was clearly talented and a good athlete but Connor really surprised me with his ability to make the adjustment from club soccer to Division I soccer." Money raised by the benefit show and the Connor Senn Memorial Game will contribute to heart testing and research.Those wishing to make a contribution to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so by sending a check to The Ohio State University, Gift Processing, The Fawcett Center - Room 709, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (account #410775). Josh Sneed:Josh Sneed is quickly making his mark as one of the top young comics in the business, and for the purpose of this bio, has become skilled in the art of writing in the third person. After quitting a comfy day job working for Procter & Gamble, he’s made excellent strides in following his passion for making people laugh. He’s opened for such acts as Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, and Lewis Black.In 2008, Josh finished 2nd out of 100 of Comedy Central’s top comedians in the Annual Stand-up Showdown, earning him a deal to record a new album on Comedy Central Records. That album was released on Sept. 30, 2008 and was given rave reviews. iTunes selected it as one of the Top 10 comedy albums released last year. In 2006, Josh filmed a 30-minute special, “Comedy Central Presents: Josh Sneed” that debuted in March 2007 and is currently re-airing. In November of 2006, Josh placed 6th in the Sierra Mist/MySpace Stand-up or Sit Down Challenge out of over 2,000 entrants. Finishing high in competitions is nothing new to Josh. In 4th grade he earned a blue ribbon for throwing a softball through a tire.In 2004, he performed at the Just For Laugh's Montreal Comedy Festival in the "New Faces of Comedy" group, one of the highest honors that a comedian at his level can achieve. In 2007, Josh was chosen by Comedy Central to perform in the inaugural South Beach Comedy Festival, and garnered praise from Punchline Magazine for his performance at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Josh has also be seen performing in large venue theaters across the country as an opening act for the various members of "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour", and has made several appearances on the nationally syndicated "The Bob & Tom Show".