TSF Featured in NASL Scarves Up Column

Each week, the NASL website has been featuring a different supporters club in each Scarves Up column.  TSF president Jarrett Campbell was interviewed for the December 22nd edition.  

In the interview, Campbell touches on topics such as how TSF was founded, why he thinks WakeMed Soccer Park is such a tough place for opponents to get a result, what he sees ahead for TSF in 2015, and what he expects to see on the pitch from Colin Clarke’s side.

Read the full story at NASL.com.

TSF Raises $500 for local Food Bank

Each Saturday night before a home match, Triangle Soccer Fanatics gathers in Lot C at WakeMed Soccer Park, brings lots of delicious food to share, and has a grand time breaking bread together.  At the end of the night, we nonchalantly toss the leftovers in the trash bins not thinking twice about what a luxury it is to share food with our friends.

Unfortunately, 73,000 of your neighbors in central and eastern North Carolina didn’t have that luxury last week. They worried about where they were going to get food.  It’s not hard to imagine the stress this puts on children, parents, and seniors who don’t make enough money to pay their bills, take care of their medical needs, and still have enough left over to buy groceries.

That’s where the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina steps up to help. Through over 800 local community partner agencies, the Food Bank distributes fresh and shelf-stable food to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and elderly care programs in 34 counties.

Triangle Soccer Fanatics is happy to report that as part of the Chef’s Academy Cook Off Kick Off challenge featuring RailHawks players competing against each other for the prize of “Top Chefs”, TSF was able to raise $500 by selling tickets to the event and soliciting donations from our members.

The overall event raised over $5,000 all of which goes directly to our local food bank for assistance right here in community.

My Greatest Day with Triangle Soccer Fanatics

Dear TSF Members:

Since Triangle Soccer Fanatics moved from an idea I had to meet like-minded soccer buddies, there have been lots of great moments for me personally — winning the name the team contest, the RailHawks’ first match, our first Open Cup win against an MLS side, traveling to Charleston and Atlanta for the Southern Derby Cup, presenting the Southern Derby Cup to Frankie Sanfilippo and Caleb Norkus that inaugural season and winning it two more consecutive years, the absolutely packed Depot for the wins against LA Galaxy (both times), the official launch of the supporters club as a nonprofit, and getting to take part in the on-field ceremony to honor Kupono Low’s 200th match on Saturday night.

But none of those moments eclipse today. My proudest moment as a founder of Triangle Soccer Fanatics was something much more mundane.

Today, I wrote two checks.

The first check was for $525 to The Bucket List Foundation of North Carolina in honor of Kupono Low.  

When we first started the supporters club, we had a vision that TSF could harness the passion of RailHawks supporters and use that enthusiasm to give back to the local community. The huge outpouring of support through your donations this weekend is the first time we as a supporters club have come together in a way that can benefit such a worthy charitable cause.

The second check I wrote was to purchase 69 TSF Founders jerseys

As we rolled out the plans to turn TSF into a nonprofit, we hoped that we could persuade 25 of you to join us at the $100 level to help us get the formal version of our supporters club off the ground.  Your response has blown us away and only goes to prove how many of you share the vision of what Triangle Soccer Fanatics can truly be.

On Sunday, June 8th we will mark another pivotal day in the growth of our supporters club.  During halftime of the Edmonton watch party, you as members will vote to approve the bylaws by which Triangle Soccer Fanatics is governed and nominate two additional board members from the membership at-large. Prior to that date, please read the draft bylaws and join us on Sunday to fulfill your role as voting members of our club.

There will be many more magical moments for me as a RailHawks fan — a future championship perhaps, seeing The Depot expand to 310 and then 308, maybe even our next road victory — but all will be hard-pressed to compete with the pride I feel today for what we have done as a supporters club this year.

Sincerely,

 

 

W. Jarrett Campbell
President, Triangle Soccer Fanatics