Sounders FC Community Outreach and Inclusion
Special Olympics Washington Unified Sports Signing Day and Exchange Match
Special Olympics Washington Unified Soccer program promotes social inclusion through shared soccer training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. By collaborating on signing day, exchange matches and the Crossbar Challenge at halftime of every home match, Sounders FC provides Unified Athletes with opportunities to shine.
LGBTQ+ Awareness: Equality is a Team Sport
Sounders FC believes sport should be a place where everyone belongs - equality is a team sport. At Sounders FC, we:
- Celebrate diversity and inclusion
- Support equality on/off the field
- Stand for dignity and respect for all
Sounders FC is proud to support the GSBA Scholarship Fund. The GSBA understands that today's students are tomorrow's leaders and is committed to supporting our community's future leaders by providing financial resources, role-models and hope to outstanding LGBTQ and allied students. Sounders FC is providing $10,000 per year from 2018-20 to a selected GSBA Scholar as part of the club’s strong, continuing commitment to supporting the LGBTQ and allied community in the Puget Sound region.
Sounders FC GSBA Scholarship Recipients:
- 2019: Elmer Coria-Islas
- 2018: Frederick Anex-Schnauss
We are excited to partner with Starbucks to present Sounders FC's 6th annual Pride Match on Saturday, June 27 vs. NYCFC at 2:00 p.m. PT.
A-OK Sensory Room and Autism Kits
Fans at Sounders FC matches can take advantage of A-OK Sensory Room. The A-OK Sensory Room offers asafe and calming environment for those who need to escape the noise and excitement that comes with the gameday experience. A-OK Sensory Room is for fans with autism, sensory challenges or PTSD who may be feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated. Children who use the room must be accompanied by an adult.
Sounders FC partners with A-OK to offer autism kits to those on the autism spectrum that include noise cancelling headphones, ear plugs, sensory toys and an "I'm A-OK" identifier badge. MLS and Sounders FC are dedicated to supporting communities and providing an environment in which staff, players, partners and fan are treated with dignity and respect.
Soccer For All
Sounders FC and Major League Soccer are dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and play, and to providing an environment in which our staff, players, partners and fans are treated with dignity and respect. Soccer For All signifies that everyone is welcome to MLS, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.