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MLS vow to support newly formed Black Players Coalition


The Black Players Coalition of the Major League Soccer (MLS) has been launched on Juneteenth with an unflinching support of the hierarchy of the MLS.

The new group aims to address racial inequalities in MLS, fight racism in soccer, elevate Black voices and positively impact Black communities across the USA and Canada.

“On this memorable day in American history commemorating the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the last remaining slaves in Texas, we honor Juneteenth by announcing the formation of The Black Players Coalition of MLS. This is a new organization that will address the racial inequalities in our league, stand with all those fighting racism in the world of soccer, and positively impact black communities across the United States and Canada”, an official statement noted.

“We pledge to help bridge the racial equality gap that exists in our league by lobbying for initiatives like implicit bias training, cultural education courses, and diversification hiring practices. Beyond addressing these overlooked systemic issues around soccer in this country, the BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have prevented black people from having an equitable stake in society. Among the many goals we will strive to achieve in our black communities, some will include targeted spending, educational advancement initiatives, and mentorship programs”, the statement added.

According to the statement, over 70 black players in the MLS have so far come together to tackle these issues and have raised $75,000 in charitable contributions by the MLS Players Association (MLSPA) on behalf of the Coalition.

The board members include Ray Gaddis, CJ Sapong, Quincy Amarikwa, Kendall Waston, Jeremy Ebobisse, Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid, Earl Edwards Jr, Jalil Anibaba, Kei Kamara, Ike Opara with Justin Morrow as the executive director of the organization.

The organization will work in partnership with the MLSPA and MLS on racial issues, aforementioned initiatives, and charitable donations.
MLS vow to support newly formed Black Players Coalition

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