Austin, Texas – Austin FC announced today that it will partner with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for the second consecutive year to celebrate National Pride Month with the sale of a commemorative Pride Patch, beginning today, June 1. Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Education Fund, a 501c(3) organization that awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, strong academic abilities and involvement in school and community organizations. The Pride Patch will be available at the Verde Store, Austin FC’s flagship retail store at Q2 Stadium.
Additionally, Austin FC is launching a Pride-themed apparel line and a Pride pre-match jersey to be worn by Austin FC players during the Club’s Pride Night on Sunday, June 27. Select Austin-based LGBTQIA+ community members, including award-winning Austin musician Gina Chavez, will be featured in an campaign promoting the Austin FC Pride apparel line available at the Verde Store and MLSStore.com.
Match-worn jerseys from select Austin FC players will also be auctioned off to benefit the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Education Fund. Austin FC will facilitate donations from customers at the Verde Store with a round-up option for all purchases in June. Round-up donations will also benefit the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Education Fund.
“As Austin FC strives to be a Club for all of Austin, we are proud to serve as allies to our city’s LGBTQIA+ community and support the important work of Austin’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce,” commented Kaitlin Swarts, Austin FC Vice President of Community Impact.
“The support of Austin FC and their fans has been incredible”, commented Tina Cannon, President and CEO of Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “The round-up and Pride Patch support our Education Fund that invests in our LGBT students, businesses and more. Austin FC has been such an intentional partner since day one.”