About the Columbus Crusaders
Training athletes to know Jesus Christ and honor Him on and off the field of play.
The Crusaders are a sports ministry that teaches excellence in athletics balanced with intentional character-building. We train athletes of all ages to reflect CHRIST: Commitment, Honor, Responsibility, Initiative, Service, and Truth.
As has been our long-time mantra, our pursuit in all things is to “Honor Jesus.” Our sports programs seek to develop strong, fundamentally-sound athletes, showing the qualities of toughness and humility, determination and selflessness, perseverance and integrity. Our coaches at all levels strive to model Jesus Christ and mentor athletes through God’s Word.
We welcome anyone to be a part of what God is doing in and through our program. We offer competitive football, flag football, cheerleading, basketball, and rugby for athletes from kindergarten to grade 12. As an independent program, we minister to all public, private, and homeschool athletes across central Ohio.
Whether as a player, parent, coach, prayer partner, or financial partner, we invite you to join us.
In 1996, the Columbus Crusaders began a football program designed to be different. Since then, the program has grown to include multiple sports and has produced both college and professional athletes. Our goal, however, has remained unchanged: Honor Jesus!
Located near Polaris Church in the Polaris commerce area of north Columbus, the home of the Crusaders features three outdoor athletic fields and a 6,000-square-foot indoor training facility with a state-of-the-art weight room developed in 2014. We also partner with Otterbein University in nearby Westerville, playing our high school football home games on the turf at Memorial Stadium.
We are thankful for the support of our local partners to provide the best experience for our athletes of all ages.
Ohio State Sports Medicine is the official medical provider for the Columbus Crusaders, providing onsite athletic trainers and team physicians for Columbus Crusader athletes at practices and games. Ohio State experts are available for general first aid, acute injury evaluation and treatment, concussion management, and priority specialty or physician referrals.
Polaris Church has been the home of the Crusader training facilities and fields since 2014. As the sole church in the Polaris Centers of Commerce area, Polaris Church pursues opportunities to reach out in the neighborhoods. Visit Polaris.Church for more information.
Otterbein University is the home field for our high school football team. Our high school Crusaders play under the lights at the Cardinals’ Memorial Stadium, which underwent a $2 million renovation in 2014 that included a new turf field. Find out more by visiting OtterbeinCardinals.com.