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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 couple 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 - 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

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

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

$9,307

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eric Miller

    $10

  • Patrick Wiginton

    $50

  • Kay Rawlins

    $50

  • Greg Jordan

    $25

  • Tony Perkins

    $10

  • Angie Kanellopulos

    $7

  • Jill Duffner

    $6

  • Girls Soccer Network

    $18

  • Jessica McDonald

    $6

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Stacy McCay

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • William and Wright Waters

    $50

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Claude and Michele Karraker

    $100

  • Catharine Ackerson

    $50

  • Leigh Ann

    $25

  • Amelia P for St. Louligans

    $20

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • St. Louligans tailgate collection.

    $511

  • Mom & Dad

    $25

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $3

  • Caroline Charpie

    $50

  • Sam Mewis

    $12

  • Haley Neer

    $12

  • Lewis Gettier

    $4

  • Tori Valente

    $12

  • Bethany Rahn

    $55

  • Diane Hansen

    $2

  • Diane Hansen

    $3

  • Kameron and Kiera

    $100

  • Morgan Andrews

    $5

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Meghan Kavanaugh

    $8

  • Kalli Catcott

    $4

  • Tiffany Shine

    $25

  • Joan Dobrzynski

    $50

  • Wesley Charpie

    $3

  • Matt & Lucy Cote

    $5

  • Melissa Kenny

    $5

  • Morgan Andrews

    $5

  • Brittany Alvarado

    $13

  • Nick Miller, Accelerator School

     

  • Ally Sturm

    $25

  • Yael Averbuch

     

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Bright Leaf Battalion

    $20

  • Jen Gruskoff

    $12

  • Matthew Bahner

    $8

  • Craig Allison

    $25

  • Vannessa Fulcher

    $5

  • Meg Linehan

    $10

  • Scott Lunn

    $25

  • Unused Substitutes

    $15

  • Anjelica Lisauckis

     

  • Haley Neer

    $50

  • Oak City Supporters

    $37

  • Pam Craig

    $9

  • Adam Sandfoss

    $10

  • Susan Miller

    $10

  • Lewis Gettier

    $11

  • Allison Lee

    $10

  • Meredith Adkins

    $150

  • Druby Soho

    $3

  • Ashley Thorpe

    $3

  • Kalli Catcott

    $10

  • Stephanie Miller

    $10

  • Gwen & Eden

    $10

  • lynn williams

    $26

  • LouCity Supporter

    $3

  • LouCity Supporter

    $6

  • Niall McCabe

    $9

  • Adelaide Gay

    $43

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • FC Rascher

    $5

  • Orange and Blue Press

    $100

  • Orange and Blue Press

    $100

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $3

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Travis Vathauer

    $25

  • Pam Craig

    $3

  • Matthew Cote and Susan Rice

    $50

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Oak City Sports Journal

    $20

  • Jeff Rueter

    $8

  • Drew Johnson

    $6

  • Katie Stengel

    $2

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Eric Miller

    $15

  • Jill Duffner

    $15

  • Melissa Kenny

    $3

  • The Kopack Family

     

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • Alyshia McDonnell

    $3

  • Lewis Gettier

    $15

  • Jen Gruskoff

    $25

  • NWSL Weeks Total Match

    $21

  • Vannessa Fulcher

    $10

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93% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $9,307 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Austin da Luz

Amount Raised

$3,755

 

38% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Wesley Charpie

Amount Raised

$781

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Sam Mewis

Amount Raised

$409

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Jill Duffner

Amount Raised

$394

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Eric Miller

Amount Raised

$313

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Matthew Bahner

Amount Raised

$276

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Jessica McDonald

Amount Raised

$271

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Joanna Lohman

Amount Raised

$238

Donor Comments

Vannessa Fulcher

Vannessa Fulcher

DONATION: $10

Courage win, $5 messy jersey bonus 19 hours ago

NWSL Weeks Total Match

NWSL Weeks Total Match

DONATION: $21

22 hours ago

Jen Gruskoff

Jen Gruskoff

DONATION: $25

23 hours ago

Lewis Gettier

Lewis Gettier

DONATION: $15

1 day ago

Alyshia McDonnell

Alyshia McDonnell

DONATION: $3

1 day ago

Jamie Dell

Jamie Dell

DONATION: $3

1 day ago

The Kopack Family

The Kopack Family

2 days ago

Melissa Kenny

Melissa Kenny

DONATION: $3

2 days ago

Jill Duffner

Jill Duffner

DONATION: $15

For Pride Night as well as all events worked during Pride Week! 2 days ago

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

DONATION: $15

2 days ago