MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC will host its first Pride Night on Saturday, June 8 at AutoZone Park when they take on Indy Eleven. Pride Night is aimed to benefit community groups serving all Memphians regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender expression, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at AutoZone Park.
Memphis 901 FC is proud to partner with OUTMemphis and the Bluff City Sports Association in raising awareness for the Metamorphosis Project. OUTMemphis’s response to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in Memphis. The Metamorphosis Project is focused on LGBTQ+ 18-24 year olds and has three main pieces, Youth Emergency Services which provides case management and resources for basic needs, a Rapid Re-Housing Program that provides one year of rental assistance and a new LGBTQ+ Youth Emergency Center which will host Memphis’s only youth drop in center as well as the city’s only LGBTQ+ youth-specific emergency shelter.
On June 8 against Indy Eleven, a variety of LGBTQ pre-match activities will take place. The Bluff City Mafia, 901 FC’s recognized supporters group, will host a pre-match Pride March beginning at The Brass Door and ending at AutoZone Park prior to kickoff.
Molly Quinn and Stephanie Bell of OUTMemphis will serve as the night’s honorary captains while Chris Balton, former NAGAAA (North America Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance) commissioner, will be the guest of honor for Memphis’ pre-match guitar smash.
In addition, Memphis 901 FC forward Jochen Graf will participate for the second-straight year in Athlete Alley’s Playing for Pride campaign. Hundreds of soccer players have taken part in the campaign aimed at supporting LGBTQ rights.
Throughout the month of June, Graf, players and fans can donate to Playing for Pride for every game played, every assist and every goal scored. In the past, those donations have been matched with donations exceeding $25,000.
For more information about how to get involved to Playing for Pride, visit www.playingforpride.com.
Tickets for Pride Night are on sale now including $30 Pride Night Hat Specialty Tickets which includes a sideline ticket plus a limited-edition Memphis 901 FC Pride Hat. Fans can purchase this specialty ticket by visiting www.memphis901fc.com/pridenight or by calling (901) 721-6000.
OUTMemphis is a nonprofit that empowers, connects, educates and advocates for the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South. The organization serves as a hub for information, a welcoming environment and offers several programs and services throughout the community.
About Bluff City Sports Association
Bluff City Sports Association, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a safe environment for the LGBTQ community and friends of the LGBTQ community to participate in sports. BCSA works to promote growth of the athletes both on and off the field. The organization works to support the Memphis and Tri-State area's LGBTQ Communities by providing a healthy activity, a safe place in which to socialize and to teach good sportsmanship.