We are proud to be a part of and represent such a diverse and inclusive City. While we know we cannot change the injustices in society overnight, we have a responsibility to speak up, speak out, and use our platform to act.
In June 2020, we committed to creating an annual Black Heritage Celebration platform in conjunction with Black History Month to amplify the voices of, and build awareness around, the contributions of Black Americans to our sport, our City and our History.
While we are launching this platform on February 1st, this platform and underlying mission will not be confined to one month. We are committed to contributing to this Black Heritage Celebration 365 days a year and using our platform to highlight everything that makes our City great.
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
About The Jackie Robinson Foundation
For more than 42 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has continued Jackie Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education, and is poised to expand his rich legacy by building the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, the Foundation has advanced higher education by providing generous, multi-year scholarship awards coupled with a comprehensive set of support services to highly motivated JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows attending colleges and universities throughout the country.
About Black Players for Change
Black Players for Change (BPC) is an independent organization consisting of over 170+ players, coaches and staff of MLS, working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society. BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have limited Black people from having an equitable stake in the game of soccer and society. Among the many goals the organization strives to advance the attention on human right inequalities from protest to programs, partnerships and policies that address systemic racism.
About City in the Community
City in the Community NY is the 501 (c)(3) charity foundation proudly supported by New York City FC. CITC launched in New York City in December of 2014 and currently serves 5,000 young New Yorkers each year. CITC NY uses the power of soccer to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces, where programming is free of charge.
AMPLIFYING OUR COMMUNITY
As the creator and social media manager behind Bleacher Report’s highlightHER platform, it has always been Arielle’s mission to amplify the voices on the women’s side of sports and culture. Ari shares how she’s coping after a difficult 2020, the power of activism in sports, and why she’s so dedicated to growing the women’s game.