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Fire, Red Stars Players Sign On To Playing For Pride Campaign

Chicago Soccer is joining the struggle for LGBTQ rights by raising money for Athlete Ally

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Two Chicago Fire players and one Chicago Red Stars player have agreed to participate in this season’s Playing For Pride fundraiser.

The fundraiser, which through the end of June, will raise money for Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to advocating for queer athletes at all levels of sports. Per their website, their mission is to “end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.” Some of the organization’s achievements include an Athlete Equality Index to rate LGBTQ inclusiveness in college athletics programs, working with the NCAA to develop and implement new inclusive policies and resource guides for athletes and coaches, and successfully lobbying the International Olympic Committee to implement protections on the basis of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter.

The list of players participating in the Playing For Pride campaign include Fire forwards Diego Campos and Jon Bakero and Red Stars forward Stephanie McCaffrey. The fundraiser is pledging money based on the performances of every participating athlete--$5 per game played, $4 per assist, and $6 per goal. The campaign is asking fans to match their donations.

Here’s the full list of participating athletes:

If you’d like to donate to the fundraiser, click here.

Editor’s note: a previous version of this post mistakenly said that the fundraiser runs all season. The campaign ends at the end of June. Hot Time regrets the error.