NWSL players participate in Playing for Pride
25 NWSL players have announced that they are Playing for Pride
(Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
(Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

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.

“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

Yael Averbuch, Seattle Reign FC

Morgan Andrews, Seattle Reign FC

Beverly Yanez, Seattle Reign FC

Christen Westphal, Seattle Reign FC

Stephanie McCaffrey, Chicago Red Stars

Amber Brooks, Houston Dash

Meghan Klingenberg, Portland Thorns FC

Katie Stengel, Utah Royals FC

Becky Sauerbrunn, Utah Royals FC

Becca Moros, Utah Royals FC

Diana Matheson, Utah Royals FC

EJ Proctor, Utah Royals FC

Abby Smith, Utah Royals FC

Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, Utah Royals FC

Mandy Laddish, Utah Royals FC

Estelle Johnson, Washington Spirit

Rebecca Quinn, Washington Spirit

Alanna Kennedy, Orlando Pride

Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride

Kailen Sheridan, Sky Blue FC

Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC

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