40th Anniversary

1979

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 - BackPack Buddies Program and Grocery Bags for Seniors Program 

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-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

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

13. 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

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

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

16. 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. 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

18. 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 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 

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

21. 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 

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

23. 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

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

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

CASL Founders

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