When the Chicago Red Stars take the field on Sunday against Utah Royals FC, they will be playing for more than themselves and points in the standings. The roster has set several challenges and will be making donations to benefit the Get Yo Mind Right Chicago initiative as part of the Healthy Hood organization.
Defender Sarah Gorden kickstarted the process by announcing the “Pass It On Challenge” on Twitter.
PASS IT ON❣️❣️
For every pass I complete in Sunday’s game, I will donate $5 to Get Yo Mind Right Chi- a mental wellness initiative providing therapy for the hood.
— Sarah Gorden (@sarahlgorden) July 9, 2020
Since then, the rest of the Red Stars’ roster has jumped on board with challenges ranging from saves and tackles made, goals scored, and even how many times head coach Rory Dames yells in the match.
Sunday night will also be the Red Stars’ official Pride match and will be making a donation for each goal scored by the team to Brave Space Alliance, which is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago.
Several participants from outside the team will also be joining in on the donations. Supporters’ group Local 134, front office staff members and coaches, Chicago Fire’s CJ Sapong, former Red Stars defender Nikki Stanton, and Cook County Board President Toni Prekwinkle are also pledging donations of their own.
For those looking to make donations to the Healthy Hood organization, they can do so here.