Revolution players, organization getting ready for annual Pride Night originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com
When the New England Revolution host the Houston Dynamo this Saturday night in their annual Pride Match, it will culminate a month during which the organization has taken part in numerous pride activities as part of Major League Soccer's "Soccer For All Month" campaign to foster inclusive communities.
Back on June 8, Revs midfielder Scott Caldwell became the first active professional athlete to march in Boston's Pride Parade, when he marched as an ally alongside the Revs contingent including Charlie Davies and other team staff.
This past Sunday, goalkeeper Matt Turner visited with the Boston Strikers, the only LGBT soccer organization in Boston, where he led a training session and assisted the team in drills.
The following night, defender Jalil Anibaba joined Caldwell and Turner at Trophy Room in Boston's South End, where they took part in a Celebrity Bartending night to raise funds for the Strikers.
It all leads up to Saturday's third annual Pride Night, which will feature custom uniforms and stadium lighting at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation will also collect summer clothing through the Audi Drive Series to benefit the Home for Little Wanderer's Waltham House, the first residential group home specifically designed for New England's LGBTQ youth, and one of only three of its kind in the country.
The Revs are also conducting special fundraising initiatives around the match, with all proceeds benefitting You Can Play. You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
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