Over the summer, F&M soccer alumni from the Class of 2008 returned to Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town, where for the past decade they have developed a special relationship with the community through the international language of soccer. The alumni visited Chris Campbell Memorial Field, a turf field and education center constructed in 2009 to honor the memory of F&M soccer standout Chris Campbell, who passed away before his senior season.
F&M men’s soccer Head Coach Dan Wagner says the facility has helped reduce crime in the area by 44 percent and helped improve the pass rate in local students’ math and English exams by 49 percent.
“These numbers have caught the attention of the South African government, which is trying to replicate the facility in other communities,” Wagner says. “Two more have already been created, with plans of 100 by the year 2030.”
The CTC Ten Foundation, an organization founded by the Campbell family to promote education and personal development of disadvantaged youth, created the field in partnership with F&M and local South African non-profit AMANDLA EduFootball. “Many members of the F&M community have helped students invest in this community,” Wagner said. “That investment has made a difference in a country still trying to recover from apartheid.”