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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

This November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, as part of our commitment to Fight Racism, one of the pillars of our Social Justice Framework. We work to amplify the voices of local Native American experts, invest in Native youth and their communities, and support Native-owned small businesses.

SOUNDERS FC DAY AT THE BURKE MUSEUM

Learn about the living, dynamic cultures of the Pacific Northwest and around the world, courtesy of our partners at the Burke Museum! On Sunday, November 13, Sounders and Burke Museum are offering free admission to anyone wearing Sounders FC gear! Parking at the Burke is free on Sundays. The first 100 youth visitors will also receive a free soccer ball, courtesy of RAVE Foundation.

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OFF THE REZ CAFE x INTENTIONALIST

To support Native American Heritage Month, Sounders FC encourages fans to visit Off the Rez, Seattle’s first Native food truck and café, owned by Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard!

On November 13, fans can visit Off the Rez Café for a special treat, courtesy of Sounders FC x Intentionalist! Simply let the Off the Rez team know to put it on the Sounders FC x Intentionalist tab to unlock the offer.

We highlighted Off the Rez as our Featured Restaurant of the Month in October! Learn more about the owners and the business here.

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CAREER PATHWAYS WITH CHIEF LESCHI SCHOOLS

As part of our partnership with EQC and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, we are committed to creating opportunities for Indigenous youth to visualize future careers in sports. Last month, we piloted a job shadow program with our broadcast department as part of Chief Leschi School’s Audio/Visual Career and Technical Education Program for high school students!

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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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