MLS forms diversity committee as part of initiatives to fight racism

MLS has formed a Diversity Committee to held the league address racism, advocate for social justice and increase representation in soccer.

The initiative follows talks between the Black Players For Change and the league.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be on the committee, which will also include members from the MLS Board of Governors and Black Players For Change (BPC) as well as club executives, head coaches, academy coaches, former MLS players and members of Pitch Black, a resource group of Black employees from the league office.

“Major League Soccer is committed to utilizing our wide-ranging platforms to create meaningful programs to address racism and social injustice in society and in the sport of soccer,” said Garber in a statement.  “Importantly, alongside key stakeholders, including MLS owners, Black Players For Change, former players, Black members of our technical staff and other employees, we have created a series of initiatives to close the representation gap across soccer in the U.S. and Canada.”

MLS owners have contributed $1 million to Black Players For Change to support the growth of the organization.

Initiatives being undertaken include MLS Unites to Vote, the program clubs have adopted to encourage voter education and participation in the 2020 election.

Other initiatives:

MLS will work to provide access and exposure for players from underrepresented groups, as well as create policies and educational opportunities to increase Black representation in executive and sporting positions at the league office, clubs and other North American soccer organizations. That work will extend to to close the representation gap at the grassroots level.
 
MLS is starting a program to provide meaningful opportunities and economic inclusion to minority-owned businesses around major league events and in the hiring of vendors and agencies at the league and club level.
 
The league has also partnered with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and 100 Black Men of America.
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1 comment about "MLS forms diversity committee as part of initiatives to fight racism".
  1. R2 Dad, October 20, 2020 at 11:22 a.m.

    Why should Mr. Status Quo Don Garber be on the committee?

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