Montgomery County’s Maryland Bobcats FC First Professional Club to Join Anti Racist Soccer Club Coalition

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Montgomery County’s Maryland Bobcats FC First Professional Club to Join Anti Racist Soccer Club Coalition

The Maryland Bobcats FC, which are based in Montgomery County, have announced that their club is the first professional club to join the Anti-Racist Soccer Club coalition.

According to a press release, the Maryland Bobcats FC are a minority owned club, led by a Black President and Black Head Coach.

The Anti Racist Soccer Club was created to, “fight racism in American soccer. The founding organizations andindividuals understand the need to address the ongoing systemic racism that exists within our game, with impactful action. The 10 point plan is the foundation for what American soccer clubs can do as a starting point and this coalition will continue to guide any clubs that wish to adopt
and implement the plan.”

For more information about Maryland Bobcats FC, visit marylandbobcatsfc.com 

Maryland Bobcats FC 10 Point Plan

  1. Invest time and resources into our communities to further diversity, equity, and inclusion
    Example: Working with the Parks department to put on free clinics (both soccer and general activity) to areas generally underserved in the County

  2. Increase representation to reflect the community and sport in which we operate
    Example: Continuing to hire people of color and women in leadership positions within the club and making sure at least 50% of our staff are people of color or women.

  3. Educate our community about racism and anti-racist behaviors
    Example: Share resources and information in our community via social media and at our matches and use our platform to empower players and staff to share their experiences with the community.

  4. Increase representation of minority players in our Youth program
    Example: Work with our partners to offer scholarships for low to no-cost to players that can play, deserve a chance to develop, but couldn’t normally afford travel soccer.

  5. Provide a platform for all players to speak openly and freely about social injustices and inequality
    Example: Afford all members of the club the opportunity to utilize all club media to speak out against racism.

  6. Expand access to the sport for both youth and fans and work towards equitable play and access to the world’s game.

  7. Commit to actively working to end police brutality with minority groups within the County to make their voices, ideas, and needs heard.

  8. Pledge to increase support for Black-owned and Black-led organizations
    Example: As a minority-owned club ourselves, continue to spotlight and work with Black-owned businesses in our community that our players, staff, and fans can frequent and support.

  9. Partner and work with local organizations that will support anti-racist efforts

  10. Make matches more accessible and more inviting to marginalized communities

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