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North Carolina Football Club Announces Pride Week Schedule

By NC Courage Communications, 05/23/18, 10:00PM EDT

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CARY, N.C. (May 21, 2018) – North Carolina Football Club has revealed its full slate of events for Pride Week, which will run from June 14-23 and include two Pride Nights at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park as well as two meet-and-greet opportunities. 

Pride Week, which is sponsored by Credit Suisse, kicks off on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., with celebrity bartending at London Bridge Pub in Raleigh. Players from both NCFC and the Courage will serve drinks, meet with fans, take pictures and sign autographs. 
 
Two days later, on June 16, the Courage return from a four-game road trip and host Pride Night against Utah Royals FC at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, a pregame tailgate will be hosted by Equality NC, and special Pride merchandise will be available for purchase. 

On Thursday, June 21, the Boxcar Barcade in Raleigh will host Arcade For Pride at 6:30 p.m., which players from both NCFC and the Courage will attend to socialize and play games with fans. 

The festivities conclude on Saturday, June 23, when NCFC hosts Pride Night against Louisville City FC at 7 p.m. Like the Courage’s match against Royals FC, Equality NC will host a pregame tailgate, and special Pride merchandise will be available for purchase. 

For the second year in a row, NCFC co-captain Austin da Luz is raising money for LGBTQ rights through his Playing For Pride fundraiser. A year ago, da Luz, the 2017 NASL Humanitarian of the Year, helped raise over $13,841 for the cause as he and other soccer players – from leagues of all levels, both men’s and women’s – made donations based on games played and other on-field contributions. 
 
This year, money raised will go to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit founded by Hudson Taylor, who’s organizational mission is to “end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.” 

Other NCFC players involved with the fundraising campaign include: Connor Tobin, Steven Miller, Graham Smith, Austin Guerrero, George Marks, Kyle Bekker and Peabo Doue. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, McCall Zerboni and Jessica McDonald of the Courage are all participating as well. 

Fans can also donate to the cause here.

Below is the full schedule of events for Pride Week: 

Pride Week Kickoff, London Bridge Pub, Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. 

Pride Night, NC Courage vs. Utah Royals FC, Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. 

Arcade For Pride, Boxcar Barcade, Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. 

 
Pride Night, North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City FC, Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. 

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CARY, N.C. (May 21, 2018) – North Carolina Football Club has revealed its full slate of events for Pride Week, which will run from June 14-23 and include two Pride Nights at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park as well as two meet-and-greet opportunities. 

Pride Week, which is sponsored by Credit Suisse, kicks off on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., with celebrity bartending at London Bridge Pub in Raleigh. Players from both NCFC and the Courage will serve drinks, meet with fans, take pictures and sign autographs. 
 
Two days later, on June 16, the Courage return from a four-game road trip and host Pride Night against Utah Royals FC at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, a pregame tailgate will be hosted by Equality NC, and special Pride merchandise will be available for purchase. 

On Thursday, June 21, the Boxcar Barcade in Raleigh will host Arcade For Pride at 6:30 p.m., which players from both NCFC and the Courage will attend to socialize and play games with fans. 

The festivities conclude on Saturday, June 23, when NCFC hosts Pride Night against Louisville City FC at 7 p.m. Like the Courage’s match against Royals FC, Equality NC will host a pregame tailgate, and special Pride merchandise will be available for purchase. 

For the second year in a row, NCFC co-captain Austin da Luz is raising money for LGBTQ rights through his Playing For Pride fundraiser. A year ago, da Luz, the 2017 NASL Humanitarian of the Year, helped raise over $13,841 for the cause as he and other soccer players – from leagues of all levels, both men’s and women’s – made donations based on games played and other on-field contributions. 
 
This year, money raised will go to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit founded by Hudson Taylor, who’s organizational mission is to “end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.” 

Other NCFC players involved with the fundraising campaign include: Connor Tobin, Steven Miller, Graham Smith, Austin Guerrero, George Marks, Kyle Bekker and Peabo Doue. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, McCall Zerboni and Jessica McDonald of the Courage are all participating as well. 

Fans can also donate to the cause here.

Below is the full schedule of events for Pride Week: 

Pride Week Kickoff, London Bridge Pub, Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. 

Pride Night, NC Courage vs. Utah Royals FC, Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. 

Arcade For Pride, Boxcar Barcade, Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. 

 
Pride Night, North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City FC, Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. 

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