Charlotte, N.C. (June 15, 2021) - The Charlotte Independence announced today a philanthropic partnership with Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. The Jacks join the LGBTQ community in their on-going fight for equality with a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the cause throughout the season and during Charlotte Pride Night on Saturday, August 14 at the new American Legion Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM (ET).
Charlotte Pride will help promote their sponsored night at the new stadium with a unique ticket link that can be found on their website and social media platforms. Proceeds from ticket sales purchased from this link will be donated to Charlotte Pride to invest in the continued success of their programs, projects, and activities including the 2021 Charlotte Pride Season of events beginning on August 21 and running through November 13.
“We are happy to partner with Charlotte Pride as a community builder and a positive resource for inclusivity,” stated Charlotte Independence President and COO, Tim Schuldt (he/him/his). “Soccer is a powerful unifier, and we welcome all community members to join us in our daily, year-round commitment to be ‘Stronger Together’.” We are excited to host Pride Night on August 14 at the new American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Charlotte Pride representatives will be on-site on game day to distribute educational resources to Independence fans and the greater Charlotte community. In addition, the Charlotte Independence have launched a collection of merchandise inspired by the Charlotte Pride organization and their positive impact on our community. The products will be available for purchase on game day at the merchandise trailer and year-round through the Independence online shop: https://www.shopcharlotteindependence.com/collections/pride-collection. Proceeds from the sales of Pride merch will also be contributed to Charlotte Pride.
"Central to the mission of Charlotte Pride is creating and expanding visibility for our LGBTQ community in all spaces," said Charlotte Pride Board President, Daniel Valdez (he/him/his). "We exist in every family and every community. We are a part of every sphere of work and play on every field. We are proud to partner with Charlotte Independence to show that our LGBTQ community is supported and valued in our local sports leagues, and we hope all fans, new and old, can come out and celebrate with us on August 14."
ABOUT CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE:
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 a revitalization 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 charlotteindependence.com or call 704-206-1515.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE PRIDE:
Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Charlotte Pride presents and collaborates on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Latinx Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Programs, and Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. Charlotte Pride is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.
Charlotte Pride is so excited to return to in-person events in 2021. Our Charlotte Pride Season begins on August 21 and runs through November 13, and it will include new and revamped versions of the activities and events you know and love.