40th Anniversary


CASL was the first youth soccer organization to serve youth soccer players in the greater Wake County area.  CASL was founded in 1974 as the Raleigh Soccer League, Inc.  In 1979 (captured by the picture to the right of the CASL Cobras), the name was officially changed to Capital Area Soccer League, Inc.  Whether they knew it then or not, the founders of this club set the foundation for the emergence of one of the largest and most recognizable youth youth soccer clubs in the nation.  Today, CASL serves close to 9,000 youth soccer players and their families across all levels and ages of play.  From January to December 2014, we will reflect on the past 40 years and look ahead to the next 40 years.  We will use this year to demonstrate elements of our mission including providing the highest quality instructional and competitive soccer opportunities to youth and being a committed partner in improving the quality of life in Wake County.

CASL: A Committed Community Partner

Over the course of this year, CASL will demonstrate its gratitude to the community that we have called home for 40 years.  We will continue find ways to use our resources, scope, and reach to assist local community organizations further their missions.  Soccer can be a great platform for awareness, change, or development, and we plan to use our youth soccer platform for community betterment. CASL commits to engage in at least 40 various community relations initiatives, one effort representing each year of time in Wake County.  If you have a cause you'd like to see CASL involved in, please email Katharine Kelley.  CASL kicked off its 40th Anniversary celebration and commitment to the community with the CASL Play 4Kay 4v4 charity soccer event on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at WRAL Soccer Center.  The event raised $14,000 to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.  

Past 40th Anniversary Events


1. Jan. 2, 2014: H.A.N.D.S- 291 lbs of gently used soccer gear donated to Helping Haiti and Soccer 

2. January 11, 2014: Kay Yow Cancer Fund - 4v4 tournament and silent auction that raised over $14,000 raised to support breast cancer research and programming 

3. January 2014: Comfort Zone Camps- two CASL players participated in the Beach to Battleship half-marathon in support of Comfort Zone Camps, which is a bereavement camp for grieving children. CASL promoted the event and the camp 

4. February 7, 2014: American Heart Association | Go Red for Women-CASL promoted and help make our membership aware of the risk for women and heart disease

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. 

6. February June, 2014: Nessie Foundation -Through CASL's soccer community outreach, youth living in Parrish Manor community were given the opportunity toparticipate in free soccer clinics  

7. Spring 2014: Wake County Public Schools-CASL hosted after-school clinics for students at Forestville Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, and Hodge Elementaryall schools who have high volume of youth on free and reduced lunch. 

8. March 1, 2014: Jimmy V Foundation- CASL donated a gift/raffle basket for Red and White Soccer Classic hosted by NC State Students 

9. March 4 & April 8, 2014: WolfPack Backs Pinkerton Clinic- Through promotion and attendance, CASL supported the free clinic hosted by NCSU, which helped raise funds and support Ben Pinkerton, former CASL coach who is facing the toughest battle of his life against cancer 

10. March 5, 2014: NC Museum of Life and Sciences: CASL staff meeting held off-site at the museum, which supported the Friends of the Museum 

11. March 25, 2014: CASL staff sorted food and packed grocery bags as part of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Grocery Bags for Seniors program. Afterward, we drove around to drop off the grocery bags to the older adults who don't normally have access to nutritious food. 

12. March-June 2014: Raleigh Parks and Recreation- CASL's soccer community outreach programming offers free soccer programming to youth involved in community centers around Raleigh including Peach Road and Method Road

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

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

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. 

17. April 28, 2014: CASL Golf Tournament- raised funds to support CASL scholarships, community outreach, facility improvements, and coaching education/retention

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

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

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.
26. July 10,2014: CASL conducted a free soccer clinic for youth at Sanderford Road community center in Raleigh. 

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

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

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

30. July 2014: CASL supported, promoted, and helped rally the support for Phase I of Dale Lari: A Global Soccer Project to help honor Larissa Estrada. Larissa's life was tragically cut short in 2012, and this project will help keep her passion for growing the game and donating equipment to underserved communities in Nicaragua. More than $30,000 was raised to support the project.

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

32. August 14, 2014: The Magnificent Mile Race- CASL promoted the race, which raises money for motor neuron disease and benefits local programs in North Carolina

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 

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.

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.

36. October 2014: CASL helped spread awareness about breast cancer awareness month. Many CASL teams wore pink to help promote the cause. 

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.

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. 

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 togheter 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. 

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



Join the #GivingTuesday viral campaign with a gift to CASL through this year’s raffle (which is set to end December 4th). We are inviting all alumni, first-time and seasoned donors, to join this effort as we seek to raise $20,000 to support coaching education, player financial aid, field improvements, and soccer outreach. If 1,000 people give $20 today, we’ll reach our goal!

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3:00pm: First 8 people to give in the 3 o’clock hour will receive a free bagel certificate from Bruegger’s and a CASL window cling

4:00pm: The first 10 people to buy a raffle ticket in the 4:00pm hour will receive a Dick’s Sporting Goods cinch bag.

5:00pm: The first 10 people to buy a raffle ticket in the 5:00pm hour will receive a free smoothie from McDonald’s.

6:00pm: The first 10 people to buy a raffle ticket in the 6:00pm hour will receive a $5 bonus certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

7:00pm: The first 10 people to give during the 7 o’clock hour will receive a CASL 40th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt. 

CASL Founders

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