From special Pride initiatives, to player appearances, to service projects – here’s what Republic FC was up to in June.
As a part of the annual Indomitable Scholars series, Republic FC teamed up with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center to award a $1,000 scholarship to Phoenix Frost. Phoenix recently found himself in need of housing and additional support, and turned to the LGBT Center for resources and assistance. He is preparing to attend American River College this fall, working towards a degree in environmental studies to help enact change at the state level. Congratulations, Phoenix!
Goals for Pride
With 6 goals scored in June – including Luther Archimede’s international goal for Guadeloupe – Republic FC and fans raised over $700 to support the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Athlete Ally’s annual Playing for Pride campaign. A sharp-shooting fan helped bring the total up to over $1,200, beating the clock to score five goals during halftime on Pride Night.
This year’s special merchandise line was designed by Nathanio Strimpopulos, a transgender artist and soccer lover who currently serves as the Creative Director for The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people.
The collection was a huge success, selling out of nearly every item – and through a merchandise giveback program, 20% of proceeds went to The Trevor Project.
In an artist feature, Strimpopulos explained: “Having the opportunity to share my story through my designs can show that trans people are no different – and everyone deserves to be treated equally.”
Sacramento Pride March
Republic FC’s front office and supporters – along with midfielder Luis Felipe and goalkeeper coach Ross Cain – joined with the Sacramento community to march in the annual Pride March. Together, the group marched, cheered, and celebrated to show parade-goers that Republic FC is committed to fostering a community that is supportive of everyone, both in and out of the stadium. The club also had the opportunity to participate in the annual Pride Festival on Capitol Mall.
Free Online Course Helps Youth Coaches Support LGBTQ+ Athletes
Several of the club’s front office and youth coaches completed The Trevor Project’s #REFORMtheLockerRoom, a free online education course for adults working with young people in athletics. The training demystifies LGBTQ young people’s identity and suicide, explores how sports participation can positively impact young people’s mental health, and educates adults on becoming better allies by creating a more inclusive community for all of their athletes. Access the free training today.
Player Appearances: Youth Camps & Clinics
You never know who’s going to show up at one of our youth camps! June campers were treated to surprise visits from Republic FC players Lee Desmond, Arnold Lopez, Sebastian Herrera, and Nick Ross.
Spots are still open for many of our summer camps – learn more and register today.
Annual Day of Service
On June 19, Republic FC closed down its front office for the day to allow employees to participate in a service project at New Roots farm in West Sacramento. The group spent the morning helping with a variety of garden maintenance tasks weeding, digging new posts, building raised garden beds, and more. Learn more.
In partnership with 109 organizations, over 1,500 people were able to attend a Republic FC match for free in June. Through this program, community members are able to experience the excitement of professional soccer – often for the first time. Learn more & request community tickets!