RALEIGH, NC (April 19, 2012) — Today, the city of Raleigh and the Capital Area Soccer League announce a joint partnership with the new ROCKS soccer program. The program, “Raleigh Organized Community Kids Soccer” will be initially implemented with four, U-12 aged co-ed teams. Lead by the Raleigh Police Department and the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department as part of the city of Raleigh’s Community Oriented Government (COG) initiative, ROCKS will serve Raleigh’s youth in high risk areas.
“Working with the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department to provide more positive activities for our youth is a direct mission of Raleigh’s Community Oriented Government,” adds Raleigh Chief of Police, Harry Dolan. “With our officers acting as coaches, the guidance from our Parks and Recreation Department and CASL’s staff, and our communities working together, this program is a win-win for all involved.”
Founded in 1974, the Capital Area Soccer League has been involved in youth recreational soccer for almost 40 years in Wake County and surrounding areas. With almost 8000 youth players seasonally, CASL is consistently recognized as one of the largest full service soccer clubs in the United States and a leader in soccer programming. “Globally, soccer has a remarkable ability to unite people and communities,” said Charlie Slagle, CASL Chief Executive Office. “We are honored to be involved with the program and are hopeful we can grow and include more youth in the very near future.”
“We are pleased and completely engaged in our partnership with CASL,” states Diane Sauer, Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Director. “We’ve always had a long standing relationship with CASL and by utilizing our combined resources, we think we can offer a great programming option for the youth in these identified areas. CASL’s initial investment of almost 20 thousand dollars on registration, uniforms, staff training and equipment will go a long way serving Raleigh’s youth.”
Games will be played at Brentwood Community Center with practice sites throughout Raleigh’s open space parks. Teams will also participate in the CASL Recreational Cup in May.
For more information, please visit: www.caslnc.com and www.raleighnc.gov