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Playing for Pride

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April 24, 2017

A few weeks in and we're at just under $3,500 raised for HRC, and our roster of players participating has grown to 27. This. Is. Dope. It's all  See more

BENEFITING: Human Rights Campaign

Austin da Luz

THE STORY:

[updated 4/20] 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 couple weeks 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

MLS

Sam Cronin - Minnesota United FC

Ike Opara - Sporting KC

Collin Martin - Minnesota United FC

Eric Miller - Colorado Rapids

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

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

INTERNATIONAL

Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla





 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$3,845

MONEY RAISED
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  • Daly Family

    $25

  • JP

    $50

  • Lyle Adams

     

  • Omaar

    $25

  • David Boss

    $25

  • Pam Craig

    $50

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Eduardo Lugo

    $3

  • Aunt Joanne

    $20

  • Chandler Craig

    $25

  • 2 starts 2017 NASL season.

    $6

  • Brittany Harris

    $25

  • Paula Joines

    $25

  • Cathy Emrick

    $2

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Collin Martin

    $50

  • Brian Shriver

    $6

  • Jeff Rueter

    $5

  • Jamie Dell

    $6

  • Erik S

    $19

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $9

  • Stacy Dobson

    $250

  • Elaine Peplow, MD

    $100

  • Evann Yake

    $29

  • Grace

    $15

  • Austin da Luz

    $13

  • Sam Mewis

    $3

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • matt fondy

    $8

  • Tess McGeer

    $15

  • Niall McCabe

    $13

  • Steven Miller

    $7

  • Haley

    $25

  • kpiperphotos

    $6

  • kpiperphotos

    $53

  • Ike Opara

    $18

  • Mike Pence

    $25

  • Katie Stengel

    $5

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $3

  • Erik S

    $3

  • Amy da Luz

    $10

  • Jeffrey Rueter

    $25

  • Matthew Reams

     

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Tarek Morad

    $3

  • Eric Miller

    $5

  • Stephanie Miller

    $5

  • Torrey Winchester

    $9

  • Meghan Kavanaugh

    $5

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • Ryan Jernigan

    $10

  • AH

    $25

  • Bob & Melissa Mewis

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Kalli

    $53

  • O'Keefe Family

    $250

  • Kathryn Maltby

    $10

  • James Maltby

    $10

  • City Maltby

    $10

  • Brian Shriver

    $2

  • Brian Seal

    $50

  • Mark Healy

     

  • Scott D. Paulin

    $17

  • Nuvid Bhuiyan

    $5

  • Jamie Dell

    $3

  • MZ & Emmers

    $25

  • FC Rascher

    $19

  • Austin da Luz

    $3

  • Justin Gilliland

    $3

  • Lewis Gettier

    $11

  • Sam Mewis

    $3

  • Jess Joyner

    $6

  • Jessica McDonald

    $10

  • lynn williams

    $6

  • WoSo Shirt Co

    $15

  • matt fondy

    $3

  • Katie Stengel

    $5

  • Kathryn

    $10

  • Matt Miller

    $5

  • Susan Miller

    $5

  • Meghan Kavanaugh

    $5

  • Torrey Winchester

    $3

  • FC Rascher

    $10

  • Aodhan Quinn

    $8

  • Raleigh City Sports

    $50

  • Stephanie McCaffrey

    $2

  • Jill Duffner

    $3

  • Steven Miller

    $3

  • kristen mewis

     

  • Shane Lardinois

    $50

  • Kalli

    $10

  • Matthew Watson

    $25

  • Ketchabaw Family

    $50

  • Cathy Emrick

    $4

  • Bob &a Melissa Mewis

    $100

  • Brooks Morgan

    $10

  • Geoffrey Christman

     

  • Stephanie Miller

    $5

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38% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $3,845 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Austin da Luz

Amount Raised

$2,621

 

26% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Joanna Lohman

Amount Raised

$238

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Sam Mewis

Amount Raised

$161

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Kristie Mewis

Amount Raised

$103

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Collin Martin

Amount Raised

$97

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Katie Stengel

Amount Raised

$88

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McCall Zerboni

Amount Raised

$86

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Jessica McDonald

Amount Raised

$70

Donor Comments

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

DONATION: $5

5 hours ago

Geoffrey Christman

Geoffrey Christman

In memory of Rebecca Maria Christman. Always a strong advocate and outspoken voice for equal human rights. 10 hours ago

Brooks Morgan

Brooks Morgan

DONATION: $10

Go Deacs! Great campaign! 12 hours ago

Bob &a Melissa Mewis

Bob &a Melissa Mewis

DONATION: $100

16 hours ago

Cathy Emrick

Cathy Emrick

DONATION: $4

22 hours ago

Ketchabaw Family

Ketchabaw Family

DONATION: $50

1 day ago

Matthew Watson

Matthew Watson

DONATION: $25

1 day ago

Kalli

Kalli

DONATION: $10

JM: Start + Assist (+ a start on my fantasy team!) 1 day ago

Shane Lardinois

Shane Lardinois

DONATION: $50

2 days ago

kristen mewis

kristen mewis

2 days ago