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Charlotte Independence Unveil Military Appreciation Night Jerseys Ahead of Grand Opening at American Legion Memorial Stadium

By Charlotte Independence Communications, 06/09/21, 11:00AM EDT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 9, 2021) - The Charlotte Independence unveiled today their Military Appreciation Night kit inspired by the team’s history and the new American Legion Memorial Stadium. The jerseys will be autographed by the Independence players and auctioned off to the public. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Folds of Honor as part of the club’s “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Impact” campaign. The strategic philanthropic partnership recognizes and honors local veterans while also raising funds for kids educational scholarships.

The 2021 Military Appreciation Night jersey auction is LIVE today. Click here to place your bid. The auction ends on Sunday, September 5 at midnight.

“Our mission is to make Charlotte a better place to live through sports. This effort is consistent with that and our COMMUNITY core value,” stated Independence President & COO Tim Schuldt. “Folds of Honor was chosen for their quality reputation, because all of these funds will stay local, and because they share the values of our organization.”

The marquee fundraising event will be during Military Appreciation Night presented by Famous Toastery on Saturday, September 4 at 7:00 PM ET. All donations will go towards helping the children, and families, of fallen or disabled military personnel from the Charlotte Region.

Throughout the season the team plans to recognize a series of nominated veterans during halftime of each home match. The chosen nominee, and their friends or family, will sit in four “Folds of Honor V.I.V.” seats. The local “Very Important Veteran” and three guests will be able to enjoy a little R&R and take in the city skyline views. To nominate your veteran, visit our website:

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Charlotte Independence,” said Ben Leslie, Executive Vice President for Development for Folds of Honor. “The history of their name and their new home field complement our objectives. We look forward to working with the Independence to select local applicants in need, so they can realize their educational dreams.”

The campaign will also include a special lineup of souvenir merchandise, donation canisters, and round-up opportunities to get fans involved and raise additional scholarship funds throughout the entire season. Famous Toastery, one of the team’s key community partners, will also feature menu items, with an Independence and Folds of Honor theme, and will donate a portion of sales to the leading, nationally recognized foundation.

Visit our website to purchase tickets to this honorable night:


The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team joined the United Soccer League (USL) Championship as an expansion team in September 2014. An ownership group led by Jim McPhilliamy, the President & Managing Partner of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds, acquired the USL franchise rights from the Charlotte Eagles. McPhilliamy and his investment group founded Queen City Sports Club with the goal of making Charlotte a better place to live through annual increases in both the quality and quantity of events that are provided for the community.

In the fall of 2018, Queen City Sports Club and the Charlotte Independence signed a 10-year lease to move to American Legion Memorial Stadium following an entire rebuild of the historic landmark set for the spring of 2021. The Independence is focused on building the profile of the club through culture, community and performance as the team moves to American Legion Memorial Stadium. For details on 2021 Season Memberships, visit

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Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and platinum on Guide Star, that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private educational tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Lt Col Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves who served three tours of duty in Iraq, the Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded 29,000 scholarships in all 50 states and some U.S. territories, including approximately 4,500 in 2020 alone. Among the students served, 41 percent are minorities. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, please visit