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CELEBRATE LATINX HERITAGE MONTH

From September 15 – October 15, we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! In line with our Social Justice Framework, we will amplify the voices of local Latinx experts, invest in and give back to Latinx communities and support Latinx-owned local small businesses.

We acknowledge the complexity of the terminology used to celebrate this month, and recognize the variety of ways that members of the community identify. At Sounders FC, we use the inclusive term Latinx in alignment with our firm belief in LGBTQ+ equality, and to recognize and celebrate the diversity of culture and heritage of the community represented by Sounders FC players, staff and fans.

INVEST IN THE LATINX COMMUNITY

On September 17, RAVE Foundation opened two new mini-pitches at Barge-Lincoln Elementary School in Yakima, in partnership with longtime partners Club Santos Laguna and Orlegi Sports and in collaboration with the University of Washington, Yakima Public Schools and EarthGen! In Yakima County, where 50.2 percent of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino – compared to 13.0 percent of Washington State’s total population – the new mini-pitches and gardens provide an important service for the community’s youth, with bright inviting play and learning spaces.

SPEND LIKE IT MATTERS AT LATINX-OWNED BUSINESSES

To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, Seattle Sounders FC, Intentionalist and the entire Seattle pro sports community are collaborating on a variety of fun ways for fans to #SpendLikeItMatters in support of the small businesses at the heart of our communities.

Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Storm, Seattle Seahawks, OL Reign, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Kraken and Intentionalist encourage the community to buy from local Latinx-owned small businesses this month, and all year long. From September 15 - October 15, fans can upload their receipts from Latinx-owned small businesses for the chance to win Sounders tickets and other fun prizes!

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LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS: SEA MAR MUSEUM OF CHICANO/A/LATINO/A CULTURE

We are proud to continue our partnership with Sea Mar Museum, as we continue our dedication to elevating the voices of local experts in the Latinx community. The mission of the museum is: The Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture shares the Chicano/a/Latino/a migration, experience and history through a social justice lens to cultivate pride, appreciation, and understanding of Chicano/a/Latino/as’ significant contributions in the state of Washington.

We encourage fans to continue their education around the local Latinx history and experience at the Sea Mar Museum. Admission is free of charge, and the museum is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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SOUNDERS FC IS AN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION

We are committed to using soccer as a tool to improve the systemic inequities that systemically harm BIPOC youth; to identifying experts, listening to them and using our platform to amplify their voices; and to supporting local BIPOC and diverse-owned businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SUPPORT BIPOC AND DIVERSE-OWNED BUSINESSES

Sounders FC has teamed up with Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending that makes it easy to find and support small businesses and diverse local communities, for a year-long collaboration to consistently support and tell the stories of BIPOC-owned businesses.

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EMPOWER BIPOC YOUTH

Sounders FC and RAVE Foundation have partnered with the Northwest African American Museum for ‘Books and Balls’ giveaways in historically marginalized communities throughout the year. RAVE Foundation provides a soccer ball to each youth, to give them access to sport and play, while NAAM provides children’s books curated by Black authors, illustrated by Black artists, and that center and affirm Black characters.

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