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Carlisle Chaos headling to Orlando, needs your help

The Carlisle Chaos 3v3 team is excited to represent the Carlisle Soccer Club and the Carlisle Community as a whole at the 2013 Kick It World Championships this January in Orlando, Florida. The Chaos was one of 20 teams personally invited by the Kick It Organization based on their performance this summer at a Kick It 3v3 tournament held in Ankeny. Team members are; Natalie McCormick, Abigail Molina, Aricka Lambson, Alexandria McKibbin, Amie Berndt, and Alli Gideon. The team coaches are Jasen and Michele McKibbin.  All of these ladies have been members of the Carlisle Pink Panthers soccer team, through the Carlisle Soccer Club, for over 3 years – some since the age of 4.

So what do we need? Money! The girls have a tough, and short, road of fundraising ahead of them. Recently they raised over $600.00 selling fudge from the Heart of Iowa Marketplace and $200.00 selling handmade gifts and baked goods at the Palmyra Church Fall Festival and the Carlisle Holiday Showcase. In addition, a can drive in early December netted the girls just over $500.00.

We have two big fundraising efforts remaining.  The girls will be busting tables and serving smiles at the Pizza Ranch in Indianola on Wednesday, January 2, from 4:30 – 10:00. A portion of the evening’s sales and all tips raised with go directly to the girls. Also, we will be have a “Party for the purpose – New Year’s Can Drive. Girls will be picking up cans from the PEACH area on January 5, 2012. If you have cans for donation, please set them out at the end of your driveway.  We will be around at 10:00 am to pick up cans. If you need to arrange another time, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

With all these opportunities, why do we need your help?  We estimate the costs to get this group of ladies to Florida, covering hotel accommodations, rental van, gas, food, tournament fees, etc., will run close to $10,000. 

As you can see, it’s going to take hard work AND a community to make this opportunity of a lifetime possible. Carlisle, let’s pull together and send these girls to represent.

Donation checks can be made payable to the Carlisle Soccer Club and all donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact April Betzer (515-729-6633) or Jasen & Michele McKibben (515-778-1757).

Thanks in advance for your support!


Carlisle Pride Spirit Wear Available

Back by popular demand, Carlisle Pride spirit wear is available for order again! Click here to download the order form.

Fall 2012 CSC Spirit Wear Order Form

Please return the completed form to your coach or team parent by 9/3.

Contact Melissa Karnatz ( with any questions regarding the Spirit Wear order.

Arts Festival just around the corner: we need your help!

What better way to get in on the action with one of Des Moines’ BIGGEST events than to VOLUNTEER with the CARLISLE SOCCER CLUB at our beer/wine tent at the Des Moines Arts Festival. 

Grab a few of your friends, family or co-workers and sign up for a shift or two! This is a great way to give back to the community and have some fun while your doing it!  

The weekend of the Arts Festival is June 22-24 and you can sign up to volunteer here.  

If you have never joined in on the fun at the Arts Festival before you will have to take a one-hour beer/wine training session. This session is May 17th from 11:30-12:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm at the Des Moines Playhouse. Another date will also be offered in June, that is TBD. When you sign up to volunteer you will get the information for the session. (If you’ve served at our tent in past years, you’ll just need to sign a form stating that you’ve taken the class.) Please remember to put your shirt size in as well!! 

Admission to the festival is free. This will not cost you anything. UNLESS, you take time for yourself to stay and enjoy the Arts Festival before or after your shift and buy some great art!  

The Arts Festival is a HUGE fundraiser for our Soccer Club!! This eliminates our children (or us as parents!!) going door to door to do fundraising! So, again come on out and enjoy the Arts Festival and help promote Carlisle Soccer!   

Spread the word!  If you know of someone that would like to volunteer point them in our direction!  We enjoy new faces! For more information, contact Melissa Karnatz, director of volunteers, at 240-7026.  

Buy, finance or refinance your home and score a big donation!

Thinking about buying or selling your house? Here’s a chance to help the Carlisle Soccer Club and it won’t cost you a dime.

Carlisle soccer parents Deric and Kathy Kidd have teamed up to offer a fantastic deal for home buyers and sellers..and the Carlisle Soccer Club. When you buy or sell your home with Kathy, a Realtor with REMAX Opportunities in Ankeny, she will donate 25% of the net Realtor professional fees to the Club in your name. When you finance (or refinance) with Deric, a senior loan officer with Academy Mortgage in Urbandale, He will donate up to $400 of the banker’s fees.

Buying a $180,000 home, for example, would mean a donation of approximately $1,400 to $1,600 to the Club with no cost to you! If Kathy sells your home and helps you buy one, the donation could be more than $2,500!  

This offers applies when you buy a home, sell a home, or refinance. There is no increase in fees to cover these contributions. This offer applies to anywhere in the Des Moines metro and surrounding communities, so tell your family, friends and co-workers. It’s just the Kidd’s way of giving back to the community.

For more information contact:

Kathy Kidd, Realtor
REMAX Opportunities

Deric Kidd
Academy Mortgage

Carlise Soccer Receives U. S. Soccer Foundation Grant

The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to the Carlisle Soccer Club, Inc. to support the first phase of its irrigation project.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. On January 14th, 2011 it awarded 63 grants totaling $2.5 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in 30 states. Since its inception, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $54 million to groups, both large and small, in all 50 states.

The 2011 grant awards reflect the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s focus on improving the health and well being of children in underserved communities. The awards will support programming, coaching and equipment for players and the construction of safe playing fields that will facilitate the continued growth of soccer in the United States.

“This grant confirms and supports the work we’ve been doing for the past three or four years to create a fantastic soccer facility in the Carlisle area,” says Mark True, Club president. “We upgraded our well pump and motor last year, and this grant will help us complete the next step….automatic irrigation for about one-quarter of the complex.”

“We’ve also reconfigured the new parking area, installed part of the fencing and installed a new permanent sign at the main entrance to the complex as indicated in our master plan completed last year.”

The grant is in the form of a $13,000 irrigation equipment voucher from Hunter Industries. Volunteer project managers are currently working with local vendors to create an installation schedule with the hope that the system can be installed by this summer.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to support each of these projects that keep our youth active, healthy and engaged in activities that provide a positive alternative to negative influences,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO. “By supporting the development of programs and safe playing fields, we help ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.”

The U.S. Soccer Foundation receives support provided by members of its Partners Resource Center, a team of soccer industry leaders that includes Eurosport, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, The Toro Company, and Sport Court.

The Foundation awarded 17 Footprint Fields Grants to develop new FieldTurf soccer fields in communities across the country. The Footprint Fields program, supported by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is aimed at growing the game of soccer and providing safe, sustainable playing spaces in underserved communities.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has invested more than $54 million, supporting projects in each of the 50 states. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide low income and at-risk youth in urban communities with soccer programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors. For more information, or to donate online, please visit

Support Carlisle soccer with a banner at the complex!

With the installation of 300+ feet of fence at the complex, we’ve created a high-visibility location for placing banners in front of 500 prospects every week!

Do you own a business or know a business that would like to reach that many soccer fans every week during the season! We have the space. Banner placement costs $100 per eight-week session ($200 per year). We also have three premium spaces near gates for $150/season.  You can buy one or more seasons and we’ll hold your banner between seasons, or you can get them back BETWEEN seasons for other marketing opportunities.

Don’t have a banner? Carlisle’s Etc.Graphics can make you a 4′ x 8′ Airflow banner for just $165 (the price quoted on the recent direct mail piece was incorrect!).

If you’d like to support Carlisle soccer, please contact Mark True at 556-1574 to make arrangements. The season is just two weeks away so act quickly to make the most of the spring season!

Making progress

It may have taken us a few years longer than expected, but the pump house has a roof, thanks to the hard work of Walter Walker(pictured), u10 girls coach, soccer dad and all-around hard worker. Walter donated some tin from an old barn on his acreage and put it on the pump house. Ben Dawson also helped get rid of the old pump hardware and helped with the tin. Next up: sides to provide some protection from the weather.

The new pump and controls have been installed and we’re now getting instruction in how to use it to keep our fields as irrigated as possible. It is ironic that the installation was delayed about two months because it was too wet to get the trucks onto the property. :-) The old motor blew a rod last July, and the new motor and controller were paid for, in part, with a grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership.

Stay tuned to find out the date of the pre-season work day. We’ll need to mark new field locations, install nets, deploy the trash receptacles, place the benches near the fields and work on the parking area.

And remember, save the date: Saturday, August 28th. In the early afternoon (exact time to be determine as soon as we receive game schedules), we’ll be having opening ceremonies, free lunch and a big announcement for the Club. You’ll want to be there, trust me!

Carlisle Soccer Earns Warren County, Carlisle Grants!

Carlisle Soccer has received a $770 grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership. Grant funds will be used to help rebuild and beautify the entrance to the complex.

"Last summer’s construction project along the north edge of the complex meant that we had to remove a lot of trees, so we have a blank slate to work on," says Joy LeClaire, Carlisle Soccer Club president. "This grant will go a long way toward purchasing new trees and shrubbery.

"Now all we need is some volunteers and some additional donations to help us make it happen," she adds.

Volunteers interested in helping select and plant the trees and shrubs should contact Lisa Wilson, fund raising director. If you’d like to make a cash or in-kind donation to help us extend the grant, you may also contact Lisa.

The Warren County Philanthropic Partnership was organized to promote and enhance community based philanthropy in Warren County. The Partnership recently received a state award to facilitate endowment building and grantmaking. The contribution to the foundation was made possible by the Iowa General Assembly. In 2004, the Iowa legislature passed several bills to encourage foundation building and community based philanthropy. Among these measures was HF 2032 which provided that non-gambling counties, initiating a county-wide community foundation would be eligible to receive one half of one percent of the state’s gross gamblin tax receipts. Twenty six grant applications were received and twenty two organizations across Warren County shared in the funding allocations.

This is Carlisle Soccer Club’s second grant from the partnership.

Club Receives Carlisle Grant
The Greater Carlisle Community Foundation recently awarded a grant of $480 to the Carlisle Soccer Club for the construction of a new fence between the driveway and the playing areas.

"This fence will keep our players safer by keeping them away from incoming cars," says LeClaire. "It should also help us maintain safe traffic patterns inside the complex."

The grant will cover materials for about 240 feet fencing, which will be installed with volunteer labor. The Club is seeking additional dollars to complete more than 1,500 feet of fencing around the complex eventually.


Order your Carlisle Soccer gear today!

Just in case you haven’t seen the latest order form, here it is for download! Complete the form, attach your check made out to Van Ginkel’s and turn it in this Sunday at the concession stand if you want to get it as a part of the next club-wide printing. If you’re not ready, but still want to grab some great gear, complete the form and mail it in to Van Ginkel’s directly.



Carlisle players complete community service project

Carlisle Soccer players and friends Taylor Whipple, Ashton Goodhue-Nolte, Lindsey Kamerick and Madison Polley attended the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in Chicago last summer, and completed a community sevice project spawned by the camp experience on January 9, 2010. The goal of the project was to introduce young kids to soccer, get them to sign up for soccer with the Carlisle Soccer Club which in turn would help increase funds for the club to help improve field conditions.  The failure of the well pump late last summer slowed progress and the girls wanted to help raise money toward the replacement.

 "The Club needs funds to pay for a costly irrigation system to keep the grass growing," Taylor wrote in her letter to camp leader and former U.S. women’s national team member Julie Foudy.

The girls and their friends from the Crazy Kickers and the Carlise Crush held an indoor soccer clinic for kids ages 4 to 6 years old. All participants received a soccer ball and a "Krazy Crush Clinic" t-shirt. The 35 kids were formed into groups of 8-10 players where they went through several activities such as "Red Light Green Light," "Ghostbusters," "Tail Chase" and many others. Each activity included elements with the soccer ball and some without a ball.

"We taught the kids what part of the foot to dribble with and how to shield the ball," Taylor wrote to Foudy. "The kids had a blast!"
The clinic organizers had registration for spring soccer and information about our club available and several kids registered. The board of directors was so impressed, it’s considering making this an annual event. Besides the core group, other Carlisle soccer players helped with the clinic, including: Emma Staecker, Madison Staecker, Johanna Haack, Mariah Sadler, Jonathan Kamerick, Kyle Whipple and several parent helpers.

The "Krazy Crush" clinic wouldn’t have been such a success without a$250 grant from the JFSLA, and a $200 donations from Sheels and a $150 donation Goodhue-Nolte Insurance.