N.C. Soccer League Scores Field Renovation Help From Project EverGreen

As part of a nationwide effort to educate consumers about the benefits of well-maintained green spaces at home, work and play, Project EverGreen (PE) recently partnered with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) in Raleigh, N.C., to provide renovation support for its 25-field soccer center.

Members of the non-profit group donated more than 150 man-hours and $12,000 worth of labor and materials to enhance the playing fields of one of the largest amateur youth and adult soccer leagues in the country. Contributions include landscaping support from Greenscape Inc., maintenance equipment from John Deere, sod, plant and irrigation materials from John Deere Landscapes, irrigation system consulting from Smith Turf & Irrigation, fertilizer and weed control from TruGreen, and aeration from Weed Man.

On August 19, sponsoring companies and CASL CEO Charlie Slagle led a “PE workday” where landscapers, soccer parents and players rolled up their sleeves, fired up the string trimmers, and worked together to help prepare the fields and surrounding areas for the upcoming season.

The PE team was on hand to kick off the first games of the fall season on August 27, when they spent the day talking with families about the benefits of well-maintained green spaces. Hundreds of soccer parents and players stopped by the Project EverGreen tent to receive an ice-cold PE water bottle, sunflower seeds to plant and a handout featuring tips for maintaining their own turf at home. Additionally, one lucky dad won the “Gift of Green” – free lawn care service for a year from Weed Man.

“This is a pilot partnership we hope to expand to several more cities across the country next year,” says Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Through community outreach programs like this, Project EverGreen can speak directly to consumers about the benefits of well-maintained green spaces and the significance of those who preserve and enhance them.”

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