September 15, 2013
The Congaree Rapid Soccer Association (CRSA) is pleased to announce a formal agreement with the Historic Columbia Speedway (HCS), managed by Sellers & Son Holding Company, on a 10-year lease for the development and use of a private soccer facility in Cayce, South Carolina. The agreement also includes an additional 10-year option after the year 2023.
CRSA, founded in 1993, has served the Cayce-West Columbia and downtown Columbia youth soccer communities for more than 20 years. Currently, CRSA has more than 350 boys and girls soccer players ages 8-18 from throughout the Midlands. This Fall season, CRSA has 24 teams competing as members of the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association.
The famed HCS is located just five minutes from downtown Columbia and two miles east of the I-77 and I-26 intersection, making it a convenient destination for all types of events. Known in the past for hosting legendary half-mile Stock Car Auto Racing, the HCS is now renowned for offering a multitude of outdoor activities: Car Shows; Carnivals; Charity Walks and Runs; Concerts; Corporate Outings; Cycling Events; Festivals; Military Reenactments; Movie Nights; Recreational Vehicle and Boat Shows; Sporting Events; Trade Shows; and Yard Sales.
Designs for the development of the Southern Complex (11.4 acres) include a long-term plan for a 4-6 field soccer-specific facility complete with: Bermuda grass; canteen; clubhouse; grandstand; irrigation; lighting; and restrooms. Upon completion, CRSA plans to host club soccer tournaments, league matches, camps, clinics, and high school tournaments with the flexibility to expand on these endeavors.
Aerial view of the future Congaree Rapid Soccer facility located on the Southern Complex of the Historic Columbia Speedway. This project is estimated at $300,000 to make a reality. If you know of a corporate sponsor or developer that could assist us in building this facility, please contact a CRSA Board member.
West Columbia, SC – The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to the Congaree Rapid Soccer Association (CRSA) to support the development of soccer fields on the campus of the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the positive health and social outcomes for children, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming aimed at keeping children in under-resourced communities active, healthy, and safe.
“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to provide children with access to quality soccer programs that support both physical and personal development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that not only help grow the game of soccer, but make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in their communities.”
37 awards were distributed this grant cycle, with 19 bestowed as part of the Safe Places to Play program. The “Safe Places to Play” program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide spaces that are safe for children to play soccer. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve more than 1,000 safe places for children nationwide.
“The Congaree Rapid Soccer Association is delighted to receive this tremendous support from the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Kevin Heise, Executive Director. “This recognition is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation by a very dedicated committee who share a vision of developing quality soccer fields in the Cayce-West Columbia communities.”
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including: FieldTurf; Hunter Industries; Musco Sports Lighting; PEVO Sports; Soccer.com; and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $60 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The Congaree Rapid Soccer Association was founded in 1993 and serves more than 350 boys and girls youth soccer players ages 8-18. CRSA’s principle membership includes players from downtown Columbia, Cayce, and West Columbia, but also draws youth from across the Midlands. The soccer club operates as a 501(c)(3) organization and is a member of the West Metro Chamber of Commerce. Site plans have been developed for the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce and the club is working to secure financial capital to support this project. The estimate for development of the property is $300,000 and CRSA is actively pursuing financial assistance to fund this endeavor. If you or a business entity would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, please contact Executive Director Kevin Heise at email@example.com.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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