This month is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and there have already been NWSL-wide celebrations starting as early as May 26 with clubs throwing special game days with events, sporting new Pride gear, and more.
The Chicago Red Stars kicked-off Pride Month a little early on May 26 by wearing rainbow warm-up tops prior to their match vs. the Orlando Pride. The Red Stars encouraged fans ahead of the game to purchase the “Pride Bundle” which included a limited edition Pride Game T-Shirt along with a ticket to the game.
There are plenty of plans across the rest of the league to celebrate Pride Month. Each team also will have at least one player participating in Playing for Pride later this month. Players that are Playing for Pride will be raising money for Athlete Ally, an organization that believes “Everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” There are 23 NWSL players announced to be Playing for Pride; here is the list of players.
From the club’s Pride Games to several players getting involved and Playing for Pride, here is a list of the league-wide Pride events!
Chicago Red Stars
— NWSL (@NWSL) June 8, 2018
- May 26: Pride Game vs. Orlando Pride at Toyota Park
Sky Blue FC
June 2: Pride Game vs. Utah Royals FC at Yurcak Field. Cloud 9, the supporter’s group in New Jersey, featured a special tifo in the supporters section for the first game.
- June 14: The Courage will kick-off Pride Week by having their players bartend at London Bridge Pub. The Courage will continue their week of Pride events through June 21st. They will play their Pride Game vs. Utah Royals FC on June 16.
- June 16: Courage Pride Game vs. Utah Royals FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7 p.m. ET
- June 16: The Washington Spirit’s supporters group, Spirit Squadron, will be hosting a Pride event, time TBD.
- June 16: The Orlando Pride’s Pride Game vs. Sky Blue FC at Orlando City Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
- June 22: The Houston Dash’s Pride Game vs. Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium at 8:30 p.m. ET.
- June 23: The Reign’s Pride Game vs. North Carolina Courage at UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. ET.
- June 27: The Thorns Pride Game vs. Sky Blue FC at Providence Park at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Utah Royals FC
"This organization represents equality."
— Utah Royals FC (@UtahRoyalsFC) June 1, 2018
- June 27: Utah’s Pride Game vs. Seattle Reign FC at Rio Tinto Stadium at 10 p.m. ET.