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Playing for Pride

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June 01, 2017

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BENEFITING: Human Rights Campaign

Austin da Luz

THE STORY:

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.


Current Roster

NWSL

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

MLS

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

USL

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

NASL

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

INTERNATIONAL

Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla (Sweden)

Darcy McFarlane - Ostersunds DFF (Sweden)

Jaclyn Poucel - Celtic FC Women (Scotland)

Adelaide Gay - IBV (Iceland)





 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$11,594

MONEY RAISED
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  • Vannessa Fulcher

    $10

  • Wesley Charpie

    $3

  • Gracie Vera

    $100

  • The Vera Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Diane Hansen

    $9

  • Diane Hansen

    $6

  • Geoff Martin

    $50

  • Brittany Alvarado

    $11

  • Melissa Kenny

    $3

  • Randy Tucker

    $25

  • Mom and Dad

    $25

  • Drew Johnson

    $20

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Washington Spirit

    $200

  • Thompson Family

     

  • Susan Miller

    $17

  • Stephanie Miller

    $17

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Matthew Watson

    $50

  • Kalli Catcott

    $25

  • Kaitlin Swarts

    $25

  • Sam Mewis

    $31

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Vannessa Fulcher

    $11

  • Tess McGeer

    $3

  • Anonymous

     

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Melissa Kenny

    $3

  • Spirit Squadron

    $250

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $10

  • Unused Substitutes

    $18

  • Cathy Emrick

    $8

  • Bethany

    $50

  • Lewis Gettier

    $6

  • Tim Evans

    $50

  • Alyshia McDonnell

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Kalli Catcott

    $2

  • Matt Bahner

    $25

  • Haley Neer

    $15

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Melissa Kenny

    $3

  • Arya Stark

    $15

  • Darcy McFarlane

    $13

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $2

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Katie Stengel

    $7

  • Jill Duffner

    $18

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Jess Joyner

    $25

  • Pam Craig

    $6

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • Ben Nicoara

    $24

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Eric Miller

    $10

  • Todd Cuddington

    $25

  • Connor Tobin

    $41

  • Victoria Valente

    $11

  • Susan Miller

    $10

  • Jess Joyner

    $25

  • Lewis Gettier

    $15

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Kalli Catcott

    $9

  • Melissa Kenny

    $10

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Samantha Mewis

    $45

  • C'mon City!

    $10

  • C'mon City!

    $10

  • Lewis Gettier

    $8

  • FC Rascher

    $5

  • Austin da Luz

    $6

  • Susan Miller

    $15

  • Melissa Kenny

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $12

  • Kalli Catcott

    $12

  • Anonymous

     

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • Jamie Dell

    $14

  • Katie Stengel

    $30

  • Jill Duffner

    $18

  • Brian Shriver

     

  • Shane Lardinois

    $19.99

  • Lewis Gettier

    $20

  • Allison Lee

    $20

  • Logan

    $60

  • wesley charpie

    $4

  • Kalli Catcott

    $5

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Michelle Thompson

    $50

  • richard webster

    $100

  • wesley charpie

    $3

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • Austin da Luz

    $10

  • Cathy Emrick

    $7

  • Marlowe

    $3

  • Scott Lunn

    $67

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93% Raised of $12,500 Goal

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The Team: $11,594 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Austin da Luz

Amount Raised

$4,220

 

34% Raised of $12,500 Goal

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Wesley Charpie

Amount Raised

$791

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Sam Mewis

Amount Raised

$577

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Jessica McDonald

Amount Raised

$498

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Joanna Lohman

Amount Raised

$488

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Jill Duffner

Amount Raised

$430

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Eric Miller

Amount Raised

$382

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McCall Zerboni

Amount Raised

$324

Donor Comments

Scott Lunn

Scott Lunn

DONATION: $67

Matching the whole roster 6 hours ago

Marlowe

Marlowe

DONATION: $3

Promised Austin that I'd match his donation for every intramural goal I scored this season. 2 days ago

Cathy Emrick

Cathy Emrick

DONATION: $7

TUSA score!! 4 days ago

Austin da Luz

Austin da Luz

DONATION: $10

For the big goal, go TUSA! 4 days ago

FC Rascher

FC Rascher

DONATION: $10

Celebrating a MNUFC win! 6 days ago

wesley charpie

wesley charpie

DONATION: $3

1 week ago

richard webster

richard webster

DONATION: $100

With respect from a Spirit fan! 2 weeks ago

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Austin da Luz

Austin da Luz

DONATION: $3

9/10 start 2 weeks ago

Kalli Catcott

Kalli Catcott

DONATION: $5

KS: Start and Game Played v. ORL 2 weeks ago