Sidelining with the Carolina Railhawks

Sidelining with The Carolina Railhawks

This is a story that has been sitting in the back of my mind for almost a year. It hasn’t been sitting there because of lack of inspiration mainly it was there because of the lack of time. Ever felt like you had so many great stories to write only to run out of time. This story is about one of those once in lifetime experiences (well maybe not now but when it was happening we thought it was.)

As most of you know most Saturday nights we are attending a Carolina Railhawks soccer game if the team has a home game. The last game of last season the girls and I were given the opportunity to sit on the sidelines before the game (chatting with a few players) and then after the game, we were escorted back on the field for pictures and autographs. This was the same game that I was able to shadow Evan, head of ticket sales.

At first my girls weren’t too happy that I signed them up for this because they thought they were too old… The players know us all by now so they like to pick on the girls a little bit. So yea you can say that this mom thoroughly enjoyed it.

Being up close and personal with the players was an awesome experience and after the girls thanked me for allowing them to have this experience. So maybe mom’s ideas aren’t so bad after all. 🙂 Here are some pictures from this experience last year.

Hanging out on the bench before the game

Carolina Railhawks game on the bench

Here they are waiting to go out on the field after the game.

Waiting to go out on field

With my favorite player Austin da Luz. He was one of the ones who talked with them before the game.

Austin da Luz and the girls after the game.

With Austen King a favorite player for the whole family.

Austen King and the girls

Of course we had to get pictures with their favorite players. Here they are with Gracie’s favorite Justin Willis.
Justin Willis and the Girls

Here is Maddie with her favorite player, Akira Fitzgerald, the goalie. Did you notice how they matched?

Maddie with Akira Fitzgerald , the goalie

 And here is Mikaela with her favorite player, Cesar Eliozondo, who you may remember was traded this season.

 Mikaela with her favorite player Cesar Elizondo

And of course I had to get a picture with my favorite player who has recently returned to the Railhawks. I am happy to say that I am currently writing a blog post about him. Look for it soon.

Austin da Luz and Adventures of Frugal Mom

 If you live in the Raleigh/Durham and are interested in this experience for your kids contact the Carolina Railhawks to check it out.

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  1. I can see that you’re a big fan. I haven’t been to a soccer game in ages. I used to play in college and I miss those days.

  2. I hear you on the lack of time! I have actually never gone to a soccer game… well unless you count my 4 year old grandson playing with his friends.

  3. That looks like a lot of fun for everyone. I’ve never done anything like that before, baseball is the popular sport where I live.

  4. Oh my goodness, what fun memories! You’re right … those opportunities don’t come often. Glad you got to finally publish the story!

  5. Oh what fun! We love the game. It’s our family favorite. My kids would love to go, too bad we don’t live closer.

  6. That looks like such fun! I’m trying to get my dd7 more interested in soccer since she is a natural for it. I should take her to see Philadelphia Union, our hometown team.

  7. May I ask, does the entire team look like them? Gorgeous? 😀

    If they do, I’d totally want to sit on the sidelines every single game. LOL

  8. How fun that you get to know the players and hang out with them like this. I would love to do that with the Yankees!

  9. Great photos! Looks like a lot of fun! I’m not a big sports fan but I always get a kick out of going to live games/events!

  10. I don’t live anywhere near there but it sounds like an extraordinary experience! It is obvious by the smiling faces that your girls enjoyed themselves (your smile wasn’t too bad either!)

  11. I love that they got to get pictures with the players (and you too). I think that’s a fun thing, and will make for great memories that pop up from flipping through the photo albums. 🙂

  12. My kids play soccer & they would have been over the moon excited to be able to have an opportunity like that! & what a great team to be able to take the time.

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