The North Carolina Courage logo draws inspiration from the state’s impressive history that has made a lasting impact on the nation and world. With colors that align with those of our state and our country, NC Courage is proud to wear the crest and solidify its identity as the state’s professional women’s soccer team and as part of the North Carolina Football Club.
The white five-point star sits at between the “N” and “C” crest and is a stark symbol of the star on the North Carolina state flag. The star embodies North Carolina as a whole and represents the state’s admission as the 12th US state. Each point comes together to form a united team and club.
The Triangle Area
The lower right point of the club star, in the shape of the geographical Triangle area, stands alone to place emphasis on the club’s location. The Triangle is the well-known central region of North Carolina anchored by the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill which are home to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina respectively. The club’s world-class training facility and stadium are at the pristine Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, located in the heart of the Triangle in Cary, NC. The Research Triangle Park is embedded in a thriving community of ideas, innovation, and growth. The NC Courage is proud to call the Triangle home.
The Lioness makes up the base of the NC Courage crest and its design is a direct reflection of the WUSA’s Carolina Courage logo. The lion’s head from the original Carolina Courage crest was transformed into the head of a female lion to better reflect the team as a group of professional women. The inclusion and adaptation of the lioness is an ode to the state’s rich professional women’s soccer history.
Representing loyalty and stability, the crest’s predominant color, Atlantic Blue, lays the framework of the Courage logo. Known for its iconic lighthouses, the North Carolina coast meets with the Atlantic Ocean for over 300 miles. Blue is one of the two official state colors and is the vertical field on the left of the state flag.
Named for the North Carolina state bird, Cardinal Red incorporates the energy and passion of the club’s identity and fan base into the Courage crest. Red is the second official state color and is found in the horizontal bar of the North Carolina state flag.
Southern Gold encircles the NC Courage crest and is concentrated within the lower right point of the star and COURAGE wordmark. The color honors the state’s history of abundant gold resources and athletic excellence. The discovery of a 17-pound gold nugget in Cabarrus County, NC sparked the North Carolina gold rush in 1799, boosting the state’s enterprise into the 19th century.
Gold is also a nod to the state’s legacy of superiority in soccer and other sports alike. From Michael Jordan to Mia Hamm, North Carolina is home to some of the world’s greatest athletes of all time, making the Old North State a true southern treasure.