TSF in the Community
One of the key missions of Triangle Soccer Fanatics is to harness the passion of soccer fans in the Raleigh-Durham area in order to make philanthropic contributions, through time, money and effort, to local and national charities.
In 2015, TSF was recognized by the Independent Supporters Council, a confederation of supporters clubs from all over North America from teams in MLS, NASL, USL, and NPSL, as the Philanthropic Supporters Group of the Year. In particular, the group recognized our efforts to work directly with RailHawks players on charities and events that resonate with them personally.
If you would like to make an online donation to one of our charity fundraisers, you may use the link below.
American Cancer Society
TSF and Oak City Supporters came together to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight Pediatric Cancer as part of the Carolina RailHawks’ Go Gold fundraising campaign. The cause hits very close to home for RailHawks’ supporters as one of the children of a current TSF member is currently battling childhood cancer. The two supporters club held a joint tailgate event to feed our members prior to a weeknight match against the New York Cosmos. Through attendee contributions, the two supporters clubs were able to raise $600 for the cause.
TSF partnered up with the Carolina RailHawks and West Ham United to benefit Equality NC by hosting a tailgate before the West Ham match to celebrate diversity. Members of TSF cooked a pre-game meal for attendees and collected donations for Equality NC’s campaign to repeal North Carolina’s HB2 discriminatory law. Over 200 meals were served and $1000 raised in donations for the cause of equality.
“Equality NC, the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) advocacy group in North Carolina, is grateful for the support in this crucial time.” said Matt Hirschy, Equality NC Director of Advancement. “House Bill 2 (HB2) is a deeply discriminatory bill that does not represent North Carolina values.
National MS Society
TSF raised funds for the National MS Society and participated in their Walk MS Triangle event in 2016. TSF was motivated to undertake this project by RailHawks’ forward Aly Hassan’s personal testimony: “Raising money for the MS Society is not only important to me, but to millions of fighters and family members around the world. Having to watch one of the people you love most suffer from such a condition on a day to day basis is something that nobody should have to go through. This money will be able to help the future generations to come. Raising this money is not just for those with MS today, but for the people and families that might have to face it in the future. My father Marvin Hassan has MS and has been bed ridden for the last few years and it is something we as a family have been dealing with. It’s not easy but I believe that some day in the future there will be a cure.”
Triangle Soccer Fanatics and our members raised $1855 for the National MS Society.
Fill Your Bucket List Foundation
In June 2014, to honor longtime RailHawks’ defender Kupono Low’s 200th match in orange, RailHawks supporters raised funds for the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation. The organization supports adults with cancer to make their wish or dream come true with their family and friends. Similar to The Make a Wish Foundation, adults with cancer will have the financial support to create lasting memories with the people they love. The foundation was hand-selected by Low for TSF’s donation.
The purpose of this organization holds a special place in my heart because I was in 3rd grade when my mother passed away from Lymphoma. I was one of three kids that my father, Ken Low, raised completely on his own. When I look back on my mothers illness and realize she worked her full time job while going through chemotherapy and fighting this cancer, it breaks my heart to know she worked just to keep providing for her children. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like when my mom was working and all us kids are already back from school just hanging out at home. How many times did she just want to leave early and rush home to see us? Did she want our family to go on one last vacation together? Probably. But how can we afford it with the medical bills piling up on my dads dresser? How wonderful it would have been to have an organization like The BucketList to give her some peace; to have all details taken care of so that my mother and her loved ones could focus solely on enjoying their dream.
TSF members raised $525 for the foundation in Kupono’s honor.
Syrian Dental Relief Fund
On February 10, 2015 the Triangle and the rest of the world was shaken when we lost three young souls far too early. Deah Barakat (23), his wife Yusor Abu-Salha (21), and her younger sister Razan Abu-Salha (19) were all shot and killed in their Chapel Hill apartment.
This tragic situation hit home particularly hard with the RailHawks family as our own Nazmi Albadawi was close friends with all three of the victims. To remember Nazmi’s friends, and support the gracious charitable work that they started, Triangle Soccer Fanatics and the Carolina RailHawks are observed a moment of silence before the 2015 pre-season friendly with Seoul E-Land.
TSF raised money to support Deah’s Syrian Dental Relief fund and was able to contribute over $500 to help continue the charity work started by the Barakat and Abu-Salha families. Members of two families joined TSF for the RailHawks match to remember their loved ones.
Warmth for Wake County
Warmth for Wake is a seasonal energy assistance outreach program that is co-sponsored by Wake County Human Services and the North Carolina Bankers Association. The goal of the program is to provide fuel to low-income residents of Wake County during the coldest winter months.
In January 2015, members of Triangle Soccer Fanatics volunteered alongside players and staff of the Carolina RailHawks to cut, load, and deliver firewood to individuals in the Triangle who were in need of firewood.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Each Saturday night before a RailHawks home match, Triangle Soccer Fanatics gathers 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 our 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.
To aid the cause of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, TSF partnered with The Chef’s Academy to participate in the Cook Off With a Kick event. By selling tickets to the charity fundraiser to our members, Triangle Soccer Fanatics raised $500 for the food bank.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a community outreach organization cultivating life-changing relationships resulting in communities of hope, justice, and compassion. N2N works with families in daily partnership in Southeast Raleigh and has expanded its grassroots efforts to the growing Latino population throughout the greater Raleigh area.
During the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Triangle Soccer Fanatics teamed with Fortnight Brewing, American Outlaws Raleigh, Oak City Supporters, the London Bridge Pub, and players and staff of the Carolina RailHawks to collect school supplies for needy families in the Triangle area.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle. On 10/14/15, Triangle Soccer Fanatics and Oak City Supporters joined forces to help the RailHawks, The Produce Box and The Butcher’s Market collect canned food for the Inter Faith Food Shuttle. Members of the RailHawks’ two independent supporters clubs combined to collect more food donations than all other RailHawks fans combined, delivering over 620 pounds of canned food to hungry residents of the Raleigh-Durham area.
Seeds Community Garden
SEEDS teaches respect for life, for the earth and for each other through gardening and growing food. Located in the heart of Downtown Durham, SEEDS is an urban sanctuary focused on promoting principles and practice of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental stewardship. On Black Friday 2015, members of Triangle Soccer Fanatics donated their time and effort to to help SEEDS prepare the community garden for it’s winter nap. We raked, built garden beds, mulched, painted, and did various other chores to both beautify the garden and prepare the soil for sowing in order to help fight food poverty and feed homeless residents of the Triangle.
The Aspen Center
The Aspen Center is a developmental early education program dedicated to the growth and learning of the individual. For nine years, The Aspen Center has provided quality therapy services and programs in Wake County for children with a variety of skills and diagnosis. Their goal is to develop speech, cognition, literacy, motor and social skills through structured and unstructured activities, routines, and play.
The Aspen Center has touched the lives of longtime TSF-member Gary Sikes’ family. Gary’s grandsons, 6-year old Luke who is autistic, and 3-year old Teddy have both benefited greatly from the development work of the Aspen Center.
Triangle Soccer Fanatics was proud to sponsor The Aspen Center 2015 Festi-Fall event with a $100 donation to help fund their move to a new location in Cary.