The Finish Line...
October 23, 2017
BENEFITING: Human Rights Campaign
Hello! Welcome to the Playing for Pride CrowdRise page. I'm very glad you're here. My name is Austin da Luz, and chances are you were directed to this page by one of our many fantastic Playing for Pride team members. So what exactly are we doing here? Good question. This season the Playing for Pride team will be donating money to the Human Rights Campaign for every game we play, and we want you to join in. Here's the donation breakdown: $2 per game played, $3 per game started, $4 per assist, and $5 per goal. We donate, you match us. Easy enough, right?
So, why the Human Rights Campaign? And, more broadly, why do this at all? Well, first of all the Human Rights Campaign is a very dope organization that fights for LGBTQ rights and equality across the country. They do amazing and important work, and they are worthy of every dollar they get. As for the bigger “why?” there are a couple different reasons. 1.) I’m a proud North Carolinian, and over the past year our home has become the poster child for discrimination against the LGBTQ community. I’m super not into that. I think we’ve been misrepresented and I want to continue fighting against that perception. 2.) We live in troubled times, and I’m constantly dogged by the feeling that I’m not doing enough to help. I watch/read the news, I get angry, I tweet about it. Rinse and repeat. None of this makes me feel any better. I see people doing incredible things to help different causes every day, so I started thinking about ways to make a tangible difference, big or small. This was literally the easiest way I could think of. I already play soccer, why not just add in charitable giving. Boom. Hopefully you can relate to one or both of these reasons.
Now, I am completely amazed at the response we've gotten over the first few months of doing this. We've had supporters groups, journalists, front office personnel, youth players, and individual fans come up with their own donation breakdowns for the season. Which is to say that our donation scale is merely a recommendation. We want you to get creative. You can match one player for the season, pick a different player every week, come up with your own scale, or donate randomly just for the heck of it. Have fun with it. As long as you're contributing and supporting the cause, we're all on the same team.
Ok, rad, but last question: why not just give directly to the Human Rights Campaign? Excellent query. Short answer, this is more fun. Longer answer, I want to create a community of people united behind a worthy cause. Donating money is good and necessary, but I also want to help shape the message that the soccer community, and the sporting community in general, are open and welcoming and diverse and very awesome. It’s true that CrowdRise takes three percent of the money donated, so when this is all said and done I will donate an extra three percent of whatever we raise to cover it.
I'm unbelievably grateful for all the support we've received so far, but I think we're just scratching the surface. I think we can make this thing huge, but we need your help to do it. Keep spreading the word on social media. Tweet at players, clubs, and even leagues that you think would be good members of the team. I'll continue to update the roster of team members here, and you can get more updates and info from @playingforpride on twitter. Alright, that's all for now. Let's gooooo.
Sam Mewis - NC Courage and USWNT
McCall Zerboni - NC Courage
Jess McDonald - NC Courage
Lynn Williams - NC Courage and USWNT
Joanna Lohman - Washington Spirit
Katie Stengel - Boston Breakers
Kristie Mewis - Houston Dash
Stephanie McCaffrey - Chicago Red Stars
Yael Averbuch - FC Kansas City
Morgan Andrews - Boston Breakers
Sam Cronin - Minnesota United FC
Ike Opara - Sporting KC
Collin Martin - Minnesota United FC
Eric Miller - Colorado Rapids
Michael Parkhurst - Atlanta United FC
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City SC
Tarek Morad - Louisville City FC
Niall McCabe - Louisville City FC
Aodhan Quinn - FC Cincinnati
Matt Bahner - FC Cincinnati
Enrique Montano - Sacramento Republic FC
Matt Watson - Phoenix Rising FC
Wesley Charpie - Saint Louis FC
Danny Cruz - Real Monarchs
Connor Tobin - North Carolina FC
Matt Fondy - North Carolina FC
Steven Miller - North Carolina FC
Brian Shriver - Jacksonville Armada
George Marks - North Carolina FC
Austin da Luz - North Carolina FC
Paul Black - North Carolina FC
Andrew Lubahn - San Francisco Deltas
Greg Jordan - San Francisco Deltas
Jonathan Borrajo - Miami FC
Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla (Sweden)
Darcy McFarlane - Ostersunds DFF (Sweden)
Jaclyn Poucel - Celtic FC Women (Scotland)
Adelaide Gay - IBV (Iceland)