Sacramento Republic FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen is joining dozens of MLS, USL and NWSL soccer players on the Playing for Pride team, an annual movement during Pride Month that raises funds for LGBTQ rights and advocacy.
Playing for Pride was a campaign started by soccer player Austin da Luz last year to advocate for LGBTQ rights and equality through the sport. Players sign up for the team pledging $5 per game played, $4 per assist and $6 per goal. Fans can pledge to match their favorite players’ donations and all the funds raised from Playing for Pride will be donated to Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ nonprofit working to end homophobia and transphobia in sport.
As a goalkeeper, Cohen has put his own twist on the campaign and has pledged to donate $5 per game, $5 per win, $10 per shutout and $1 per save for every match during Pride Month. Republic FC currently have seven matches scheduled in June and could play even more based on Wednesday’s result against Seattle Sounders FC in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.
It’s officially the first gameday in June and I will be participating in @playingforpride all month.— Josh Cohen (@JCohenHere) June 2, 2018
I’ll be donating:
$5 per game
$5 per win
$10 per shutout
$1 per save
Please check out the cause and join-in/match/donate at https://t.co/zfuOvPG59c
Cohen will also be marching alongside the Tower Bridge Battalion at the annual Sacramento Pride festival and parade in Downtown Sacramento on Sunday, June 10. He’ll be joined by members of the Republic FC front office and the club invites all fans to participate, as well.
Republic FC is hosting its annual Equality Night on Saturday, June 9. Cohen will be facing his former club, Phoenix Rising FC, for a second time this season after previously leading Republic FC to a 3-1 victory over Didier Drogba’s side on May 19. Tickets to the match are available via Ticketmaster.com.
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