September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the cause is something that holds significant importance to Tennessee Soccer Club (TSC). During the month, the club raised funds to support research and raise awareness for pediatric cancer, starting an annual schedule of philanthropic initiatives through its TSC Cares foundation.
“We are very proud of our TSC Cares philanthropic mission, fulfilling one of the core values of building the community,” said Stuart Brown, TSC Executive Director. “We kick off the year in September with a fundraiser to help in the fight against pediatric cancer, but TSC Cares is so much more. Every year, the TSC Cares initiative contributes, volunteers and co-hosts events, working with numerous organizations throughout Middle Tennessee to create opportunities and make a difference in people’s lives. We only hope that we can continue to raise awareness and inspire others to join the mission to impact our community.”
TSC Cares was founded in 2016 when Stuart Brown and his family began a fight against leukemia alongside his son. After hearing news of the diagnosis, the Tennessee Soccer Club players, coaches and families rallied behind the Browns and supported them in every facet that they could. This experience served as the foundational element behind TSC Cares, which now applies that same community approach to benefit a variety of charitable causes and philanthropic organizations.
Tennessee Soccer Club is committed to making a difference in the lives of others through TSC Cares. Through the program, they partner with local organizations to collaborate on ways to positively impact the community while raising funds and awareness for a variety of great causes. Their goal is to enhance the Greater Nashville community through the efforts of TSC Cares. The club supports a variety of philanthropic causes through TSC Cares, including the Special Olympics, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Make A Wish Foundation, Tennessee Alliance for Kids and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, among others.
“Every year, I have the privilege to see or hear about programs that our member clubs create to benefit our communities or the people within them,” said Hans Hobson, Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. “Over the past six years, TSC has grown this program and made it more than a fundraiser. They tell stories of families within their communities, and these heartfelt stories inspire. It is a program that I hope other clubs might be able to emulate one day.”
While TSC Cares is currently focused on the Middle Tennessee Area, TSC Executive Director Stuart Brown hopes they can soon work with other clubs to expand the program throughout Tennessee and the immediate region outside of the state.