Contributing to sports as a social responsibility, Soyak started the "Soyak Team" project in 2003, bringing sports and social responsibility together. The project was intended to last five years and was completed successfully in 2008 after reaching its targets.

Soyak Team

The Soyak Team project was designed with the belief that supporting sports would not only benefit the brand but also serve a very important cause by contributing to the promotion of Turkey and the improvement of Turkish sports people on a global scale. With this vision in mind, information about hundreds of athletes was compiled and around thirty were selected. At the end of the interviews held with these candidates, five athletes were chosen based on Soyak's goals and corporate values.

Five young athletes from five branches of individual sports were supported for five years under the project, which was undertaken to aid young and promising athletes, contribute to the development of individual sports and set an example for other institutions in Turkey to initiate similar projects.

These athletes proudly wear the Soyak brand, and each one of them made significant progress in their branch, successfully representing and contributing to the Soyak brand at the same time. Believing that individual sports need recognition and development as much as the crowd-pulling team sports, Soyak invested TL 2 million in this project.

Bora KOZANOĞLU (Windsurfing)

Born in İzmir in 1978, Bora Kozanoğlu competes in the slalom category of windsurfing and has achieved the following rankings since 2004 under Soyak sponsorship:

  • 2004: Belgium Formula Experience Windsurfing World Champion
  • 2005: US Formula Experience Windsurfing Championship, Second Place
  • 2005: US Nationals Championship, Formula Experience, First Place
  • 2005: US National Windsurfing Championship, Formula Experience, First Place
  • 2005: USA Slalom, Fifth Place
  • 2007: Winner of Turkish Championship
  • 2007: Runner-up in Slalom World Championship (same score with the champion)
  • 2008: Winner of Turkish Championship

National windsurfer Bora Kozanoğlu runs a surfing school in Alaçatı, İzmir.

Çağla BÜYÜKAKÇAY (Tennis)

Born in Adana in 1989, Çağla Büyükakçay competes in women's tennis and has achieved the following rankings since 2005 under Soyak sponsorship:

  • 2005: 16 & under Winter Cup, Champion in Women's Singles and Doubles
  • 2005: 16 & under Tennis Europe Bosnia, Semi-Finalist in Women's Singles and Finalist in Doubles
  • 2005: 16 & under Tennis Europe Cevanşir Cup, Finalist in Women's Singles
  • 2005: Tennis Europe Sadi Gülçelik Cup, Champion in Women's Singles and Doubles
  • 2007: 18 and under Turkish Classification, Champion in Women's Singles and Doubles
  • 2007: 18 & under and Seniors Winter Cup, Winner of Turkish Championships
  • 2008: Gaziantep ITF $10.000 Tournament Champion
  • 2008: Seniors Turkish Championship Finalist

While not listed in the global rankings of International Tennis Federation (ITF) in 2005, Çağla Büyükakçay today ranks 394th in singles and 476th in doubles in WTA's global rankings. Çağla Büyükakçay is a member of ENKA Club and is considered one of the best woman tennis players in Turkey.

Çağlar GÖKBULUT (Swimming)

Born in 1989 in Çorum, Çağlar Gökbulut has achieved the following rankings since 2005 as a 400m / 1500m freestyle swimmer under Soyak sponsorship:

  • 2004: Luxemburg Swimming Tournament, Gold Medal in 400m Freestyle
  • 2004: US 1500m, All ages, 17th place globally
  • 2005: Winter Cup 400m and 1500m Freestyle, Turkish Championships and new records in Turkey
  • 2005: US Youth Championship, Third place in 1500m and Turkish record in 400m
  • 2005: European Youth Olympics in Italy, European runner-up in 1500m freestyle
  • 2005: Winter Cup 400m and 1500m Freestyle, Turkish championship and new records in Turkey
  • 2005: Mediterranean Countries Youth Championship, 3rd place in 400m, 2nd place in 1500m
  • 2005: European Youth Olympics, European runner-up in 1500m and new Turkish record in seniors
  • 2005: American Youth Championship, new Turkish record in 400m, 3rd place in 1500m Freestyle
  • 2006: Turkish Runner-up in Men's 400m Freestyle
  • 2007: Turkish Individual Swimming Championship, First place in 400m, 800m and 1500m
  • 2007: World Swimming Championship, new Turkish records in 800m and 1500m
  • 2007: Turkish Summer Swimming İzmir Championship, First place in 200m, 400m and 800m
  • 2007: European Championship, 9th place in 800m and 8th place in 1500m in Europe

A member of ENKA Club, Çağlar Gökbulut has decided to continue with his education and sports career in the USA.

Adem BELİR (Athletics)

Born in 1988 in Erzurum, Adem Belir has achieved the following rankings since 2005 as an 800m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m hurdler under Soyak sponsorship:

  • 2005: Italian Youth Olympic Games, First place in 2000m Hurdles
  • 2005: Turkish records in 1500m and 2000m Hurdles
  • 2005: Erzurum Inter-Club Cross-Country League, First place in 6000m individual rankings
  • 2005: "2005 Olympic Torch Award" given by the National Olympics Committee
  • 2006: European Champion Clubs Cup Cross-Country Race in Spain, Third Place in Boys
  • 2007: Clubs Cross-Country League, 3rd Place in Turkey in 2nd Stage Singles and 1st Place in Turkey in 3rd Stage Singles
  • 2007: Istanbul European Clubs Cross-Country Championship, 3rd Place in Europe
  • 2007: Inter-University Turkish Championship, 2nd Place in 3000m Hurdles

Adem Belir took up running after a long hiatus due to severe injury and is a member of ENKA Club.

Serkan ERCAN (Sport Climbing)

Born in 1983 in Istanbul, Serkan Ercan has achieved the following rankings since 2006 as a free-style swimmer under the sponsorship of Soyak:

  • 2006: Winner of Turkish Championship
  • 2007: Winner of the Swedish Bouldering Championship (among 47 athletes)
  • 2007: Winner of Turkish Championship
  • 2007: 3rd Place in the Czech Republic Championship (among 63 athletes)
  • 2008: Winner of Turkish Championship
  • 2008: 4th Place in the German Championship (among 76 athletes)

Serkan Ercan lives in Sweden and is currently the only Turkish athlete to hold a globally valid route planning license.

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