Pride Month is fully underway and, across the league, teams and players have already begun celebrating and planning for special events. One way players have extended their involvement in Pride Month is participating in Playing for Pride.
Playing for Pride raises 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.” So far, 25 NWSL players have announced their participation and each team in the league has at least one player representing the cause.
Several players have announced how their donation process will work on their social media channels, and all donations are personally curated. Donations can range from $5 per goal to Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn‘s commitment to $100 per goal!
Last week, Sky Blue FC rookie forward Imani Dorsey was signed as a national team replacement player and not long after tweeted that she would be Playing for Pride. The Duke alum earned her first NWSL start and appearance in Sky Blue’s Week 11 game against the Washington Spirit.
Happy pride month everyone! With my recently earned Sky Blue contract I am excited to announce I will be @PlayingForPride this June with @SkyBlueFC! I am honored to do my part in raising funds and awareness for the LGBTQ community and @AthleteAlly. ?️?
— Imani Dorsey (@Imdorsey96) June 1, 2018
“I’m planning to do $5 per game I play, $4 for an assist and $3 for a goal,” Dorsey told NWSL Media on Thursday.
“I’m honored and I’m so excited to be a part of a league where this is celebrated. It is such a fun month to have and for players to be able to step up and have the league support them in this decision, I find it very empowering and passionate.”
Rookies, veterans—you name it. Here is the full list of NWSL players Playing for Pride.
Sam Mewis, North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams, North Carolina Courage
McCall Zerboni, North Carolina Courage
Jess McDonald, North Carolina Courage
Four of our players will be participating in @playingforpride this month!
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) June 4, 2018
Yael Averbuch, Seattle Reign FC
Morgan Andrews, Seattle Reign FC
Beverly Yanez, Seattle Reign FC
Honored to be @playingforpride this month! I will donate $5 for every game, $5 for every win and $5 for every @reignfc goal scored this month. All donations will go to @athleteally! If you would like to join please follow the link below 🙂 https://t.co/rzdWX1OU9v #LoveAlwaysWins
— Beverly(Goebel)Yanez (@beverlygoebel) June 3, 2018
Christen Westphal, Seattle Reign FC
It’s the month of June! I’m excited to be @playingforpride ? I will be donating 5$ for every game, 10$ for every @ReignFC win, & 5$ for every team goal. If you want to donate as well click this link: https://t.co/BfZgHjicTa
— Christen Westphal (@Cwestphal20) June 3, 2018
Stephanie McCaffrey, Chicago Red Stars
Amber Brooks, Houston Dash
$5 per game played, $5 per @jane_campbell1 shutout, @RachelDaly3 @KealiaOhai goal, @KyahSimon assist, and lastly, $5 in honor of @KristieMewie who would be on field with us dishing up goals and assists for fun???
— Amber Brooks (@abrooks22) June 1, 2018
Meghan Klingenberg, Portland Thorns FC
I am @playingforpride this month! My donations will go as follows…
$5 per start
$5 per win
$10 per shutout
$10 per assist
$50 per goal
— Meghan Klingenberg (@meghankling) June 12, 2018
Katie Stengel, Utah Royals FC
Becky Sauerbrunn, Utah Royals FC
$10 per game played
$10 per win
$10 per assist
$100 per goal
Match my donations at this link: https://t.co/Wsb8dJbT0I
— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) June 7, 2018
Becca Moros, Utah Royals FC
Diana Matheson, Utah Royals FC
EJ Proctor, Utah Royals FC
Abby Smith, Utah Royals FC
ITS JUNE EVERYONE!! That means @playingforpride starts now. I would love if you could join in, donate with me, or simply spread positive awareness for the LGBTQ community.
You can donate here ↙️https://t.co/2b8r0mnYUE
— Abby Smith (@abbyys44) June 1, 2018
Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, Utah Royals FC
Mandy Laddish, Utah Royals FC
Estelle Johnson, Washington Spirit
Happy to be a part of it! ❤️ https://t.co/ujVSmWogmU
— Estelle Johnson (@EstelleJohnson) May 10, 2018
Rebecca Quinn, Washington Spirit
Alanna Kennedy, Orlando Pride
I’ll be donating:
$5 for every game played
$5 for every goal scored
$10 for every clean sheet
Anyone wanna match me? Donate below ?️? https://t.co/rrvOshIU6T
— Alanna Kennedy (@AlannaKennedy) June 1, 2018
Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride
I will be donating ….
$10 for every game played
$30 for every goal scored
$10 for every clean sheet
Who wants to join me !? https://t.co/IDgvE59OZ4
— Toni Deion Pressley (@Toni_Deion) June 3, 2018
Kailen Sheridan, Sky Blue FC
So excited to be @playingforpride this June with @SkyBlueFC . Awesome to be part of a team to help raise money and awareness for the LGBTQ community ?️? @AthleteAlly ⚽️❤️?? ?️? who else is in!? https://t.co/S01zMpnyRi
— Kailen Sheridan (@Kailen_Sheridan) May 21, 2018
Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC