Sky Blue FC will be hosting a charity auction starting today, Saturday, June 27, and running through the duration of the Challenge Cup with proceeds benefitting The Loveland Foundation and Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. Sky Blue launched their 2020 “Lightning Strikes” kit to great acclaim earlier this week, and this will be the only opportunity to bring home the white secondary kit, which is currently not available to the public. Jerseys will be either game-worn and signed (by all Sky Blue Challenge Cup participants) or just signed (by injured players non-rostered).
To bid on the 2020 secondary “Lightning Strikes” kit, click here.
The Loveland Foundation was founded in 2018 by Rachel Cargle and is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Through the donations to The Loveland Foundation, Sky Blue FC is strengthening its commitment to using its platforms for the betterment of society and standing for equality for all.
The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL) is the chosen beneficiary of a league-wide campaign by the NWSL Supporters Group coalition ACTS (Activating Communities Through Support), which commits to the betterment of their communities. UICSL serves The People by honoring Native cultures, strengthening health and wellness programs, and cultivating community. In partnering with NWSL ACTS on this initiative, Sky Blue aims to give back to the community in which it is traveling to for the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. It provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the struggles of the Indigenous People of Utah, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We wanted a unique opportunity for fans to obtain the Secondary “Lightning Strikes” kit so the players came up with this fantastic initiative to give back through current social justice issues,” said Sky Blue General Manager Alyse LaHue.
“The Loveland Foundation provides incredible resources, particularly for Black women and girls, so this is an opportunity for us to step up with support and continue to state ‘Black Lives Matter’. We also felt it was important to recognize that the state of Utah is welcoming teams from around the country during the Challenge Cup. By standing with ACTS and our supporters group, Cloud 9, to support UICSL we have an opportunity to leave a positive impact on the area once the tournament is done.”
ABOUT THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION
The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.
The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately, we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve. Visit thelovelandfoundation.org to learn more.
ABOUT URBAN INDIAN CENTER OF SALT LAKE
The mission of the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake is to serve The People by honoring Native cultures, strengthening health and wellness programs, and cultivating community. Visit uicsl.org to learn more.
ACTS is a coalition of supporters groups representing all nine teams of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It was created to serve as a collective voice for philanthropic endeavors organized by its member clubs.
Follow ACTS on Twitter: @NWSLSG_ACTS