Chicago House AC Announces Partnership With Common Goal; Will Pledge 1% Of Select Revenue Streams to Anti-Racist Project

Chicago’s New, Community-Based Professional Soccer Club Joins A Worldwide Coalition Of Individuals And Organizations Tackling Systemic Racism In Soccer And Society
Published Jun 8, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (June 8th, 2021) – Chicago House AC’s Mission Statement promises, “to bring soccer with a social conscience, inviting all to our House.” The Club will take another positive step in this direction by announcing a partnership with, and commitment to, Common Goal, a collective social impact movement in global football created in 2017 by streetfootballworld, the world’s leading organization in the field of “Football for Good.”

Through Common Goal, brands, clubs, and the game’s biggest names including Paulo Dybala, Serge Gnabry, Pernille Harder, Mats Hummels, Alex Morgan, and Timo Werner pledge 1% of their salaries to fund programs that promote racial and gender equality, eradicate poverty, and provide education around the world.

Combatting racism remains one of Chicago House AC’s primary goals off the pitch. As part of the partnership with Common Goal, Chicago House AC has committed to donating 1% of select revenue streams to the Anti-Racist Project, an action-based approach to tackling systemic racism in soccer and society. Chicago House AC is the first National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) club to join Common Goal. Chicago House AC is the only club competing in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) league to join Common Goal.

“Common Goal is rooted in collective action,” Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe, Common Goal’s North America Lead, shares. “Our individual and collective fight to eradicate racism, homophobia, sexism, and all the ‘isms’ are too big for any one entity or one sector to tackle alone. We all have to come together to design innovative top down and bottom up solutions.” Barrett-O’Keefe continues, “Chicago House AC is leading the way in socially conscious soccer. We could not be more thrilled to welcome them to the Common Goal team.”

Led by a diverse coalition of leaders from the U.S. soccer industry, the Anti-Racist Project was created by Common Goal in conjunction with the first United State’s Professional team to take the 1% pledge, Oakland Roots (USL). Chicago Fire FC (MLS), Angel City FC (NWSL) and U.S National Team supporter group, the American Outlaws were all founding members of the coalition.

This groundbreaking collective, forged by a shared determination to act, aims to fund a toolkit designed by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) experts across the U.S. soccer landscape that will see 5,000 coaches, 60,000 young people, and 115 staff trained in over 400 communities in the first year. The group is inviting all industry stakeholders interested in becoming a part of the solution to help level the playing field and make soccer more equitable, first in the U.S. and then internationally.   

“Partnering with Common Goal and their Anti-Racist Project is one of many initiatives we are proud to be a part of. Both our organization’s goals align when it comes to our view of what we want to be for our communities,” says Chicago House AC Head Coach & Technical Director, C.J. Brown. “Being a new club that is supported by a great organization like Common Goal will help us live up to our mission and growth in our communities.”

In addition to working with Common Goal’s Anti-Racist Project, Coach Brown serves on the National Independent Soccer Association’s (NISA) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Anti-Racism Project is open to all soccer stakeholders who would like to form part of the solution to ending racism in soccer and society. To support or join the project, or for more information, please reach out to Common Goal’s North America Lead, Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe at lilli@common-goal.org.

For more information on Chicago House AC’s partnership with Common Goal’s Anti-Racist Project, please contact the Club’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Walter Nolan-Cohn at walter@chicagohouseac.com.

 

ABOUT Common Goal

Common Goal is a collective social impact movement in global football created in 2017 by streetfootballworld, the world’s leading organisation in the field of football for good. Common Goal enables professional football players, managers, officials and clubs to donate a minimum of 1% of their earnings to support high-impact initiatives that use football to drive progress towards the Global Goals.

Since its inception, more than 180 professional football players and managers from over 40 countries have joined Common Goal, including Serge Gnabry, Pernille Harder, Jürgen Klopp, Alex Morgan, Paulo Dybala and Juan Mata. Influential football figures such as UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, and the iconic former player Eric Cantona have also joined the movement, along with professional clubs such as FC Nordsjælland in Denmark, and the Oakland Roots in the U.S. So far, Common Goal has generated over €3.5M for high-impact football for good programs empowering girls, boys and young people all over the world.

ABOUT Chicago House Athletic Club

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team which will begin play in Fall 2021 at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team will compete in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to transparency and working with its constituents to use its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion and community improvement. For more information, contact us at info@chicagohouseac.com, visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. “Our City, Our House.”

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