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• Neymar will pay 6.7 million euros to BarçaBPC, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, will lobby for initiatives such as implicit bias training and cultural education classes, while its community efforts will include targeted spending, promotion of education and mentoring programs.
To date, the Black Players Coalition of MLS has received $ 75,000 in charitable contributions from the MLS Players Association on behalf of the Coalition.
Members of the PCB board are Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis, Chicago fire striker CJ Sapong, former DC United striker Quincy Amarikwa, FC Cincinnati defender Kendall Waston, Portland striker Timbers Jeremy Ebobisse, New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson, United United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, Nashville SC defender Jalil Anibaba, Colorado Rapids forward Kei Kamara, Minnesota defender United Ike Opara and DC United goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr.
The announcement coincides with Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union forces in Galveston, Texas announced the news of the region’s emancipation proclamation.
The MLS, in a statement, said it fully supports the formation of the organization and its goals.
“The MLS proudly recognizes and supports the Black Players Coalition of MLS – a group of players who today, June 19, established themselves as influential change leaders,” said the statement. “The League is looking forward to a long-standing and continuous collaboration with the Black Players Coalition of MLS through efforts to develop the game in black communities, prioritize diversity and fight against the prejudices implicit in through cultural and educational initiatives at the league level. ”
Morrow said the genesis of the group’s formation occurred in the midst of a confluence of events. The coronavirus pandemic and negotiations between the MLSPA and the MLS on a new collective agreement were already causes of tension in the lives of players.
But the death of George Floyd on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis created, in Morrow’s words, “a lot of pain, a lot of frustration.”
A group of players started to meet via Instagram, and a pair of questions were asked: were they satisfied with the way black players were treated by the league, and did the players on the call feel supported by MLS? The answer to both questions was no. When the group’s workforce became too large for Instagram, subsequent meetings were held in video calls with even more black players in the league.
“I felt like my world was falling apart, and when I reached out to my fellow black football players, they all felt the same way,” said Morrow. “And so when we got together for this call, it was the most hopeful thing in one of the darkest weeks of my life. And I say that because it was like seeing my brothers and being in a room full of friends. And you were all there, full of love and compassion. And that’s really where we decided that we needed an organization for ourselves. ”