FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund has donated $20,000 to The Theater Offensive, a Boston-based social change organization focused on queer and trans people of color and their allies through the use of theater and the creative process as a cultural organizing tool. With this latest donation, Revolution players have granted $100,000 to grassroots organizations throughout the New England area that are working to promote social equity and dismantle systemic racism.
“Black Players for Change is thrilled to work alongside The Theater Offensive to uplift queer and trans people of color through liberating art,” said New England Revolution goalkeeper and Black Players for Change President and Co-Founder Earl Edwards Jr. “I’m excited for our collaborative fund to have reached the $100,000 donation mark as we continue to bridge society’s racial equality gap and we’re proud to stand as allies with TTO as they develop the next generation of leaders within their important movement.”
The mission of The Theater Offensive is to present liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance, and dismantles oppression. Founded in 1989, TTO is building on more than 30 years of rich history of activism. The organization engages those most directly affected to be leaders at the forefront of the movement by telling their stories, while youth leadership helps amplify youth voices and support for youth of color to become the current leaders of the movement. Visit thetheateroffensive.org to learn more about their programs, upcoming events, and how to get involved.
“The Theater Offensive is grateful to have a partnership with the New England Revolution, their players, and their supporters,” TTO’s Director of Institutional Advancement Cheyenne Myrie said. “This gift will help us to continue to provide supportive and creative environments for queer and trans youth and artists of color throughout Boston.”
Each beneficiary of the Revolution Players Collaborative Fund, which is funded by the Kraft family, is selected by a coalition of Revolution players including several members of Black Players for Change, an independent organization consisting of over 170 Black players, coaches, and staff of MLS, working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society. NECAT and EACH join previous beneficiaries Dress for Success Providence, Bottom Line Boston, Inner City Weightlifting, the Center for Health & Justice Transformation, New England Culinary Arts Training (NECAT), and the Emerging Adult Court of Hope (EACH).
ABOUT BLACK PLAYERS FOR CHANGE:
Black Players for Change (BPC) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization consisting of over 170+ Black players, coaches and staff of MLS, working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society. BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have limited Black people from having an equitable stake in the game of soccer and society. Among the many goals the organization strives to advance the attention on human rights inequalities from protest to programs, partnerships and policies that address systemic discrimination. For more information visit www.BlackPlayersForChange.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. #TogetherThereWillBeChange.
The New England Revolution Collaborative Players Fund is one pillar of the club’s C.H.A.N.G.E. platform, committed to address social injustice and racial inequality in the local community. C.H.A.N.G.E. stands for Converse, Help, Amplify, Nurture, Galvanize, and Educate. Learn more about the C.H.A.N.G.E. platform at Revolutionsoccer.net/change.