Bearfight Brigade Announces Bearfight FC of Wilmington
Last night the Bearfight Brigade made several announcements regarding the future of the Supporter’s Group. First, they announced the formation of a non-profit entity in Pennsylvania. This entity will be a charitable organization as well as the basis of the newly formed Bearfight FC of Wilmington soccer club.
The group announced a Bands of the River End compilation CD. Profits of the sale of the CD will benefit the two charities associated with the Brigade – Miles for MJ and ekisa.org The release party for the CD will be October 19 from 2 to 4 PM. This along with the proceeds of merchandise sales will help with charitable donations as well as club infrastructure. “Every penny that we get from you guys that doesn’t go to charity goes into the club.” said co-founder Justin Lee.
Bearfight Brigade co-founders Justin Lee and Jeremy Sharpe also announced that they were stepping down from the Brigade. Jesse Lorenz new head of Bearfight Brigade.
The formation of Bearfight FC was the biggest news of the night. The club will play in the United States Adult Soccer Association starting in September 2013. The club will be owned entirely by the Bearfight Brigade members, each of whom will be on the Bearfight FC Board of Directors, and will be the only USASA soccer (not professional as previously reported) team in Delaware – thus Bearfight FC automatically qualifies for the US Open Cup Region 1 Tournament. Tryouts for the club will be held at a date and time to be announced.
The club also announced two signings – former US international and Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf will be the club’s first director of soccer operations, and former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Thorne Holder will be goalkeeper coach.
With an eye to the future, the Brigade also announced plans to develop a youth academy within 3-5 years.