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Playing for Pride

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One Month Down.
May 04, 2017

We are officially one month into Playing for Pride! Thanks to every single person who has gotten involved, I think we've started something special  See more

BENEFITING: Human Rights Campaign

Austin da Luz

THE STORY:

[updated 5/11] 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 better. I see family, friends, and strangers alike doing incredible things to help people and 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 month 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 - Washington Spirit

Kristie Mewis - Washington Spirit

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

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

NASL

Connor Tobin - North Carolina FC

Matt Fondy - North Carolina FC

Steven Miller - North Carolina FC

Brian Shriver - North Carolina FC

George Marks - North Carolina FC

Austin da Luz - North Carolina FC

Paul Black - North Carolina FC

Danny Cruz - San Francisco Deltas

Andrew Lubahn - San Francisco Deltas

Greg Jordan - San Francisco Deltas

Jonathan Borrajo - Miami FC

INTERNATIONAL

Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla (Sweden)

Darcy McFarlane - Celtic FC Women (Scotland)

Jaclyn Poucel - Celtic FC Women (Scotland)

Adelaide Gay - IBV (Iceland)





 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$6,047

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eric Miller

    $10

  • Go Deacs

    $100

  • Wesley Charpie

     

  • Adelaide Gay

    $3

  • Paul Black

    $8

  • Sari Rose

    $25

  • Go Deacs!

    $20

  • Patrick Ryan

    $15

  • Jill Duffner

    $15

  • Jill Duffner

    $3

  • The Kelly's- Sporting Southern Indiana

    $10

  • ABCDE FC

     

  • Becca Kimble

    $15

  • Matt House & Willinho

    $28

  • Jamie Dell

    $8

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • WoSo Shirt Co.

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • Jess Joyner

    $3

  • Megan Linehan

    $2

  • Morgan Andrews

    $2

  • Lewis Gettier

    $11

  • tess mcgeer

    $2

  • Diane Hansen

    $2

  • Jessica McDonald

    $8

  • Yael Averbuch

     

  • Stephanie Miller

    $5

  • Matt Miller

    $5

  • Robyn Baltuch

     

  • Cathy Emrick

    $3

  • Matt & Lucy Cote

    $5

  • LeAnne Harrington

    $23

  • Melissa Kenny

    $2

  • Jared Musante

    $8

  • Tiffany Shine

    $25

  • Carol Webster and Mark Tobin

    $50

  • Eric Miller

    $5

  • Kalli

    $5

  • Matthew Bahner

    $7

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $5

  • Sam Mewis

    $3

  • Justin Gilliland

    $7.50

  • Ben Nicoara

    $54

  • Meghan Kavanaugh

    $5

  • TUSA Family

    $3

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • Wesley Charpie

    $3

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Mom and Dad

    $15

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Tess McGeer

    $3

  • Stephanie Miller

    $5

  • Aunt Melinda

    $25

  • Matthew Bahner

    $3

  • Ben Nicoara

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $10

  • Brian Shriver

    $12

  • LouCity Supporter

    $6

  • Enrique Montano

    $3

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Jill Duffner NCFC vs. Jacksonville Armada

    $3

  • Jill Duffner NC Courage vs. Chicaco Red Stars

    $3

  • Adelaide Gay

    $15

  • Mike Kopack

     

  • Ikenna Opara

    $15

  • Queen City Firm

    $10

  • Maegan Kappes

    $10

  • Darcy McFarlane

    $9

  • Diane

    $3

  • Diane Hansen

    $3

  • Diane Hansen

    $3

  • Diane Hansen

    $3

  • Lynn Williams

    $10

  • Yael Averbuch

     

  • Jeff Janssen

    $50

  • Katie Stengel

    $2

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • Drew Johnson

    $25

  • Ben Nicoara

    $3

  • Jonathan Borrajo

    $3

  • Jonathan Borrajo

    $2

  • Niall McCabe

    $8

  • Haley Neer

    $15

  • Haley Neer

    $5

  • Diane Hansen

    $3

  • Cathy Emrick

    $12

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Stephanie Miller

    $10

  • Anne-Marie Wiginton

    $25

  • Eben

    $11

  • Anthony Daluz

    $12

  • Anthony Daluz

    $8

  • Matt Miller

    $10

  • Sam Mewis

    $6

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60% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $6,047 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Austin da Luz

Amount Raised

$3,096

 

31% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Jill Duffner

Amount Raised

$302

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Joanna Lohman

Amount Raised

$238

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Sam Mewis

Amount Raised

$222

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Connor Tobin

Amount Raised

$145

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Eric Miller

Amount Raised

$130

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McCall Zerboni

Amount Raised

$128

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Matt Fondy

Amount Raised

$126

Donor Comments

Sam Mewis

Sam Mewis

DONATION: $6

5/14 start vs Orlando and 5/21 start vs Chicago 4 hours ago

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

DONATION: $10

8 hours ago

Anthony Daluz

Anthony Daluz

DONATION: $8

Go Courage!! 22 hours ago

Anthony Daluz

Anthony Daluz

DONATION: $12

Great job Matt! Keep it going! 22 hours ago

Eben

Eben

DONATION: $11

23 hours ago

Anne-Marie Wiginton

Anne-Marie Wiginton

DONATION: $25

Thanks for doing this ! 23 hours ago

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

DONATION: $10

1 day ago

Susan Miller

Susan Miller

DONATION: $5

2 days ago

Pam Craig

Pam Craig

DONATION: $3

2 days ago

Cathy Emrick

Cathy Emrick

DONATION: $12

TUSA Family - tournament weekend 2 days ago