On May 25th, 2020, Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, restricting airflow for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, until Floyd passed away. Nearly two weeks have passed since George Floyd’s murder, and, across the country, people of all races have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and institutional racism. Harvard Soccer has come together and decided that we want to do more than put out a message online. We want to enact change.
After thoughtful conversations and deliberation, members of Harvard Men's and Women's soccer have come up with a three-step plan that we believe could lead to change within the Harvard Community and beyond.
First, we’re hosting a Friends of Harvard Soccer Community Conversation Zoom call with our alumni to allow both current and former players to share some of their thoughts, questions, and concerns while furthering our entire community’s education on complex racial issues.
Second, we’d like to raise money on behalf of Color of Change, a progressive non-profit Civil Rights Advocacy organization that seeks to strengthen the political voice of Black Americans (https://colorofchange.org/). In deciding to support Color of Change, we took a team vote; however, there is more information on the several other fantastic organizations we considered below! Our participation goal for this fundraising initiative is 846 donors (although GoFundMe only permits numerical goals), in memory of George Floyd’s last 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Third, we want to engage with the Greater Boston community. We’re working to finalize a service project over the summer before we get back to campus!
Finally, we want to nominate Brown Soccer, Harvard Lacrosse, and Harvard Hockey to match our participation goal of 846 donors! We appreciate any and all contributions to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Let’s get to 846 donors!
Harvard Women’s and Men’s Soccer
More information on some of the organizations we considered donating to can be found below:
- National Urban League: https://nul.org/
- The Innocence Project: https://www.innocenceproject.org/
- Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- Boston Scores (a subset of America Scores): https://www.bostonscores.org/