For Immediate Release

May 27, 2014

CAPITAL AREA SOCCER LEAGUE HONORS ATHLETES FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
Players to be recognized during halftime of the Carolina RailHawks game on Saturday, May 31

To view a list of all 2013-14 Hamilton Sportsmanship Award winners, click here

Contact:
Katharine Kelley, CASL Director of Relations
Katharine.kelley@caslnc.com
(919) 341-4553

Raleigh, NC – Today John Dalpe, CASL Board Chairman and Executive Director (interim), and Sean Nahas, Director of Soccer (interim) announced that the 2013-14 CASL Hamilton Sportsmanship Award recipients will be honored during halftime of the Carolina RailHawks game on Saturday, May 31 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. More than 650 players ages 6-18 were nominated by their coaches or teammates to receive the award, which is designed to recognize players who exhibit integrity, good sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and respect for all. More than 300 players will be present to receive their award this coming Saturday.

“Having 650 of our players recognized by their peers and coaches for exemplifying the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship is comparable to the highest achievements we ever achieve as a club on the field,” said John Dalpe.  “I am honored to recognize all of them on behalf of our coaches, staff, members, and the founders of CASL, including Pat Hamilton - the namesake of the award – as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Year.”

This year’s Hamilton Sportsmanship Award is presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods and also proudly supported by CiCi’s Pizza and WakeMed Health and Hospitals. Thanks to this generous support, each Hamilton Sportsmanship Award winner will receive a personalize award certificate, gift pack, and free pizza. Dick’s Sporting Goods and WakeMed Health and Hospitals sponsored the award certificates for each player. Dick’s Sporting Goods also is sponsoring the gift packs to be distributed to each winner. CiCi’s Pizza will be offering a slice of pizza to all award recipients and their guests during the pre-game festivities.

“Dick’s Sporting Goods believes that sports play a vital role in teaching our children fundamental values like a strong work ethic, integrity, teamwork, and good sportsmanship,” said James Havens, Community Marketing Manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods. “We also believe that supporting organizations, such as CASL, which make youth sports possible, is the best way to promote these values.  Being a proud supporter of the Hamilton Sportsmanship Award is the perfect way to instill those important life lessons.”

Schedule of Events:
5:30-7:30pm: Award winners will receive their Hamilton Sportsmanship Award certificates at the CASL tent, which will be set up just outside of the main entrance to the stadium (by the row of flagpoles). Hamilton Sportsmanship Award winners will have the chance to take a photo with Cleats, CASL’s mascot, will be awarded their gift bag, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, and will be offered a slice of pizza from CiCi’s Pizza.

7:30pm: Carolina RailHawks kick off against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

At halftime of the game (approximately 8:15pm), the Hamilton Sportsmanship Award winners will parade onto the stadium’s field as they are recognized as a group.

About the Hamilton Sportsmanship Award: The Hamilton Sportsmanship Award was started in 2008 in memory of Dr. Pat Hamilton, one of the founders of youth soccer in the state of North Carolina.  Dr. Hamilton helped start the Raleigh Soccer League in 1972, which quickly grew into the Capital Area Soccer League in 1974.  He was known for his integrity and was inducted into the NC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.

About CASL: CASL is a Raleigh, NC based non-profit youth soccer organization that provides positive and high quality instructional and competitive soccer opportunities to youth, ages 4-18, in the greater Wake County area. Since 1974 CASL has consistently produced youth athletes who succeed on and off the field. CASL is home to nearly 9,000 youth and their families each season. Through our players and their extended network of parents, family, and friends, CASL is also dedicated to improving the quality of life in Wake County through the game of soccer. To learn more about CASL, please call 919-834-3951 or visit www.CASLnc.com.

EVENT LOCATION:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Drive
Cary, NC 27511
919-859-5424

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