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Professional soccer team visits Fort Bragg

By Tina Ray

  Photo by Tina Ray/Paraglide
Carolina RailHawks goal keeper, Sean O’Connor, plays soccer on the Main Post Polo Field, July 22 with a child from the Child, Youth and School Services soccer camp. Members of the RailHawks visited various Fort Bragg locations.

The Carolina RailHawks took time out of their summer schedule to visit Fort Bragg Thursday.

They joined Child, Youth and School Services soccer camp players on the Main Post Polo Field at 10:30 a.m.

Sean O’Connor has been a RailHawks goal keeper for a year. He seemed to enjoy teaching the children a few juggling moves.

“I love it. We really value working with kids,” O’Connor said. “We do it a lot up in Cary where we’re at. It’s really fun being with the kids.”

Josh Rollins, 11, rotates between playing forward and defense in his first year of on a youth soccer team. Rollins said it was nice to have a professional team come to Fort Bragg to watch and play soccer with him and other soccer players.
After a few minutes on field and under a heat advisory, the children were instructed to take a water and snack break. At that point, they sat on the bleachers, queried and listened to O’Connor share his thoughts on being a professional soccer player.

“I learned that goalies can get hurt a lot because I thought usually they’re the safest ones, but I guess they’re not,” said Rollins, after hearing from O’Connor that goalies are not immune from injuries.

Eleven-year-old Camdyn Bass has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old, said her mother, Brandy Bass. Camdyn was also joined by her father, Scott Bass of the 138th Cavalry, and her younger brother, Logan, 8.

It was exciting to meet O’Connor, Camdyn said.

“He’s a professional and he can teach us more and better abilities on how to play soccer,” she said.

Fort Bragg CYSS camp has 104 players, said Justin Terranova, who has been helping to run the camp for eight years. It is a co-ed camp with youth ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old.
CYSS has enjoyed a good relationship with the RailHawks team for quite some time, said Terranova, who is also head coach of the men’s soccer team at Methodist University.

“I’m very pleased we have a great relationship with the RailHawks,” Terranova said. “I think it’s very important for youth soccer players to watch professional players or college players because that teaches them how the game is supposed to be played.”

Other sites visited by the RailHawks on Fort Bragg included the Golden Knights area, Tolson Youth Activities Center and Advanced Airborne School.

The RailHawks will hold Military Appreciation Night Aug. 7, at its homefield, WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. For more information about the team, visit

For more information about CYSS, visit


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