LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's and women's soccer teams are both headed to South Africa this month; one program is continuing a decade-long tradition, while the other is undertaking the trip for the first time. The itineraries will center around the Christopher T. Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
This year marks the first time that the women's team has made the voyage, while the men's team is on its fourth trip after visits to the field in 2008, 2011, and 2014.
Both teams will look to combine community service, soccer, and tourism during their two-week experiences. The women's team just arrived in South Africa on Monday and will return on Saturday, May 27, while the men's team departs on Wednesday and returns on Tuesday, May 30.
In addition to exploring the beautiful Garden Route along the continent's southern coast, playing competitive fixtures, and engaging in team-building and leadership training, both squads will have the opportunity to engage with the work being done at the field in Khayelitsha.
Christopher T. Campbell Memorial Field
In the March of 2007, men's soccer coach Dan Wagner launched the F&M South Africa Project. By fall of that year, tragedy occurred and changed the course of the project. The initiative was transformed into the CTC Ten Foundation, which was founded to honor the memory of Chris Campbell, an All-Centennial soccer player at F&M who passed away just prior to the start of the 2007 season.
The Christopher T. Campbell Memorial Field was built in Khayelitsha, Site B, South Africa, the first community turf field in the area, and a replica of F&M's Tylus Field. Campbell wore the number 10, which is stitched into Tylus Field in Lancaster. His family and friends wanted to make a lasting, positive impact on children in this world in his honor.
This gave birth to the idea of building a field that would serve as an education and community hub in one of South Africa's most impoverished townships, where each month more than 2,000 local children participate in programs at the field ranging from a young adult crime prevention league to girl's empowerment teams.
Women's Soccer Blog – Meghan Byrne '19 and Lauren Kranis '19 will provide updates on the experience of the women's soccer team.
Men's Soccer Blog – Read daily recaps of the previous day's events, courtesy of Robert Maze '20.
F&M Soccer Africa Flickr – Photos from the trip will be frequently posted on the F&M Soccer Africa Flickr account.