2021 will mark the fourth straight season the boys in Old Glory Red are utilizing the team’s platform to support the LGBTQ+ community through Playing for Pride. The nationwide fundraiser every June is organized by Athlete Ally, features pledges from professional athletes and coaches across the highest levels of American soccer. The nonprofit raises funds to level the playing field for the LGBTQ+ community with a mission focused on making sports inclusive for all.
The fundraiser was founded in 2017 by Austin de Luz – a former MLS and USL player – who created the movement in response to his state’s discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation. Last year, the accomplished midfielder joined Connor Sutton on The Breakaway: A Republic FC Podcast to discuss the campaign he created and its growing impact.
This year, the Indomitable Club’s Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Cameron Iwasa and Duke Lacroix are all participating in Playing for Pride. Aligned with the club’s quest to highlight heart health, this year’s contributions will be connected to the miles they log in training and games. And through the month of June, the donations will be supplemented with a $10 game appearance bonus, $20 assist bonus, and $30 goal bonus.
Fans can also support Playing for Pride by purchasing one of the unique and one-of-a-kind Diverse Voices in Spot – Pride edition t-shirt that was designed by Megan Reyes who partnered with the organization for this year’s campaign.
Athlete Ally has pledged to donate 50% of proceeds, up to $5,000, to the Black Women Player’s Collective, and proceeds to Athlete Ally will support the work to champion LGBTQ+ inclusion to all levels of sport through education, policy and athlete activism.
In past years, Republic FC fans and staff have matched donations and contributed to the cause. Josh Cohen, Sam Werner and Dekel Keinan each supported the cause in seasons past by wearing custom boots and making donations that matched their on-field performance.
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