40th Anniversary in Review

  • We concluded our 40th anniversary with the 4v4 #Play4Kay tournament on January 10. We had more than 65 teams compete and raised $10,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation.

  • #40 December 9, 2014: U10 CAYA Black North girls stuffed stockings as part of the Salvation Army of Wake County's Christmas Cheer program.


  • #39 December 2, 2014: CASL promoted and participated in the #GivingTuesday global campaign - a day dedicated to giving back. On December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students from around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. CASL families who gave to CASL this day provided funds needed to support financial aid, soccer outreach, coaching education, and field improvements.


  • #38 October 30, 2014: CASL hosted a soccer equipment collection to help stuff the Dale Lari bus. Players brought out gently used cleats, shin guards, balls, shorts, warm-ups, bags, and much more. The bus will make it's way to Nicaragua where it will then be used to continue the mission of Dale Lari.

  • #37 October 2014: CASL donated field space this fall for the Creech Road Boys and Girls Club to help them execute the Soccer for Success program.

  • #35 October 14, 2014: CASL donated t-shirts, pencils, and other goodies to the Town of Morrisville in support of the 9th Annual Morrisville Recycles Week to help promote environmental and recycling awareness to local elementary students and the community.


  • #34 September 2014: CASL donated 40 soccer cleats, 30 sets of jerseys, referee jerseys, and other equipment to Saclepea-Mah Development Association (SAMDA), which provides soccer opportunities to districts in Liberia.

  • #33 August 2014: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: CASL teams, coaches, and staff came together to help raise awareness for ALS and to show our support to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This video is of the Fusion U12 Girl Challenge Team in Garner.

  • #31 August 13, 2014: Helping Hand Mission- CASL held a clothing drive to donate to Helping Hand Mission and fight poverty.

  • #29 May 10, 2014: Read and Feed- U14 CASL Challenge team Beau Soleil participated in a soccer clinic and donated over 50 books and prizes to Read and Feed, a local organization aiming to fight illiteracy


  • #21 May 31, 2014: Mothers Against Drunk Driving | Walk like MADD- CASL supported TEAM BECKY, who was walking in honor of Becky DeNardis - a former CASL player who tragically lost her life to a drink driver in March


  • #28 July 23, 2014: Learning Together- Cleats visited with the kids at Learning Together and had fun getting to know everyone!


  • #27 July, 2014: Agua Viva Orphanage- CASL donated soccer equipment to Agua Viva that was distributed to children in Guatemala.

  • #26 July 10,2014: CASL conducted a free soccer clinic for youth at Sanderford Road Community Center in Raleigh.


  • #25 June 28, 2014: Friendship Cup- CASL's Friendship Cup is a free, single day tournament for youth from underserved communities to play soccer in a safe, inclusive environment. More than 400 kids participated in this community soccer day.


  • #15 April 2014: Agua Viva Orphanage- CASL provide soccer balls and equipment to a mission trip headed to Guatemala

  • #23 June 20, 2014: YMCA of the Triangle- Cleats passed out pencils and interacted with the kids during soccer week at the YMCA of the Triangle at no cost to the community non-profit organization.

  • #16 April 2, 2014: CASL registered to participate in the Online Soccer Academy's World Juggle-a-thon to support Nothing But Nets. While the event was cancelled due to inclement weather on the day of the event, CASL helped spread awareness about malaria (and how to save a life) and promote World Malaria Day.


  • #24 June 25, 2014: Ronald McDonald House Durham- CASL members & families baked treats for the house

  • #22 June 14, 2014: Susan G. Komen Foundation- CASL team and staff participated in the event to support breast cancer research

  • #18 Spring 2014: MiracleFeet- through on-site activation, flyers to families, and social media, CASL has promoted and supported MiracleFeet's "socks" campaign, which supports club foot correction in underserved countries


  • #17 April 28, 2014: CASL Golf Tournament- raised funds to support CASL financial aid, community outreach, facility improvements, and coaching education/retention


  • #20 May 17-18, 2014: American Cancer Society- CASL donated Davis Drive Park field space to a Relay for Life event to help raise funds and awareness for American Cancer Society


  • #19 May 17, 2014: Boys and Girls Clubs-CASL's mascot, Cleats, added to the excitement at no charge for the spring Carnival at the Raleigh Boys and Girls Club

  • #13 March-May 2014: Haven House Services, Inc. - FREE soccer clinics to youth in the programs

  • #14 Spring 2014: HEART- CASL provides a free soccer program for youth with intellectual disabilities. The program has grown over the years and the players engage in 8 practices each season. This year, games were incorporated and three teams will be participating in the Friendship Cup

  • #5 February 19, 2014: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle - CASL Staff took time out of the day to sort and pack bags for Backpack buddies - a program that make sure kids have nutritious food when they go home for the weekend.

40th Anniversary

CASL Wraps up 40th Anniversary with Play 4Kay 4v4 Charity Tournament
During its 40th year, CASL carried out 40 community relations and service efforts to showcase our 
thanks and commitment to the community.

Raleigh, NC – In January 2014, CASL set off on a year-long journey to celebrate its 40th year of serving the youth and families of Wake County. This landmark year would not have happened without the continued support of families and corporations within this great community. Part of the celebration included launching a community relations arm of CASL to demonstrate its mission of being a committed community partner in improving the quality of life in Wake County, both on and off the field.

“With the help of our members, we are pleased to say that we achieved our goal of executing  40 different community relations/service efforts to support our community that has supported us for so many years,” said Gary Buete, CASL Chief Executive Officer. “Most importantly, during this year, we found ways and built relationships that will give us a sustainable avenue to be a good neighbor in our community.”  

The 40th year is bookended by CASL’s charity 4v4 community soccer event. It was only fitting that we end the year of celebration just as we began it with the CASL Play 4Kay 4v4. Each year, 70 teams registered to play in this 100% charitable, single day event which benefited the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and their mission to end women’s cancers. With the help of referees who donated their time, our generous sponsor TriSure, and the many players who supported this tournament, CASL gifted a total of $20,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

In between the 2014 and 2015 CASL Play 4Kay charity events, CASL found ways to use youth soccer as a platform for awareness and community impact. Sometimes these efforts were driven from the club, while other times, our players and teams took initiative to serve our community.

CASL helped bring awareness to women’s heart health, hunger, malaria, cancer, club foot, drunk driving, motor neuron disease, literacy, ALS, and more. Many community groups were bringing attention to these causes, and we provided our youth soccer membership as an avenue to help spread the word. In many cases, teams were formed from the CASL community to participate in events that also helped raise money for these causes like the Susan G. Komen walk for a cure, the Magnificent Mile Race, and Walk like MADD. Other times, we capitalized on social media trends. For example, many of our teams and coaches participated in the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which helped raise awareness for ALS and funds to support needed research into the disease.

Many of our initiatives this year were targeted at growing the game of soccer to youth from underserved communities through equipment donations and free soccer clinics. We were able to donate new and gently used gear to youth soccer groups, both locally and internationally, who are trying to grow the game and use soccer as a means to teach positive life skills. Through these efforts, CASL has helped grow the game in Africa, Liberia, Nicaragua, and Haiti, as well as our own backyard through Boys and Girls Programs and partnerships with local community groups and schools.

Finally, many of our 40 efforts provided a tangible benefit to an individual or group in our community. We hosted a food drive which resulted in 306 lbs of food and needed items for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. One of our young CASL teams collected items to make Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army of Wake County, while another team collected books to donate to Read and Feed. Through a t-shirt exchange with our members, we also made a clothing donation to the Helping Hand Mission.

We look forward to continuing our efforts in being a committed community partner. We are thankful to our players, families, coaches, and staff who all came together to bring this anniversary year to life. While we as soccer players always celebrate our goals scored on the field, we are proud of our assists this year made in the community. 

CASL Founders

William J. Plunket, Jr. N.P. Zarzar R.Fred Littrell
Eugene J. Eisen Pat B. Hamilton Jerry T. Salmon