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.




W. Jarrett Campbell
President, Triangle Soccer Fanatics


Raleigh-Durham Area Soccer Fans Launch Nonprofit Soccer Supporters Club

Carolina RailHawks fans focus on growing support for the “Beautiful Game” throughout the Triangle region

CARY, N.C. April 4, 2014 — Triangle Soccer Fanatics Inc. (TSF), a club supporting the growth of the fan base for the Carolina RailHawks, as well as soccer throughout the greater Triangle region, announced today its corporate founding as a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization. In addition to supporting soccer’s growth locally, the club seeks to organize soccer fans in the Raleigh-Durham area, enhance fans’ game day experience and engage in charitable and community outreach in collaboration with the Spread Your Wings outreach organization, the charitable arm of the Carolina RailHawks.

Informally organized in 2002 by a group of local soccer fans, TSF has grown today into an independent supporters club of the Carolina RailHawks with more than 700 active participants. “When I started TSF, I had just moved to the Triangle and was simply looking for a way to connect with other locals who were equally passionate about soccer,” said W. Jarrett Campbell, TSF founder and president. “I had no idea this would grow into what it has become today.” He added, “I spoke with some of the more active members of our group and we realized that we had a great opportunity to formalize this community and harness their enthusiasm both to grow soccer support in the Raleigh-Durham area as well as to provide community outreach efforts.”

TSF is both financially and administratively independent of the Cary-based Carolina RailHawks, who compete in the North American Soccer League (NASL). “The passion that TSF brings to the stadium each game is a huge part of the enhanced atmosphere and home field advantage we have at WakeMed Soccer Park. TSF has taken a significant step for the future of their organization during the offseason, and this formalized, growing club is going to be fantastic for our fans. We look forward to working closely with the group and I encourage all our fans to get to know the new TSF,” said Curt Johnson, president of the Carolina RailHawks.

In addition to drawing on the enthusiasm of the local soccer fans, TSF has also reached out to area leaders for advice on how to grow support for soccer in the area. David Fellerath, former culture and sports editor at INDY Week, has joined TSF as an advisory board member. Fellerath, upon accepting the board appointment, said, “Around the world, supporters groups are integral to club soccer. These groups plan in-game displays of support, including songs, banners and choreographed displays known as tifo. Away from the pitch, they communicate with the club management on governance issues. In the United States, there is an emerging culture of strong fan groups in such places as San Antonio, Texas, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. The incorporation of TSF is an exciting step forward for local professional soccer.”

As a nonprofit corporation, TSF maintains an open membership policy inviting all area soccer fans to join and take an active role in realizing the group’s vision. Interested fans may learn more about the club, explore the benefits and privileges of membership, and join the organization through the TSF website at TriSoccerFan.com. Fans may also follow TSF on Twitter via @TriSoccerFan and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/TriSoccerFan.

About Triangle Soccer Fanatics Triangle Soccer Fanatics (TSF) is a nonprofit, member-based corporation based in Cary, N.C. TSF is focused on organizing soccer fans in the Raleigh-Durham area in support of the “Beautiful Game.” As supporters of the Carolina RailHawks, the club aims to grow the team’s fan base, enhance fans’ game day experience, and provide charitable and community services in collaboration with the Carolina RailHawks’ Spread Your Wings outreach organization

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