Especially with the current state of the world, it’s enjoyable to see people continue to try and do good. The Rebellion and The Midnight Riders, two of New England’s three supporters groups have partnered to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
The groups announced on Tuesday that they would be raising funds for Project Goal, a non-profit organization that uses soccer to promote academic achievement. This specific fundraiser is to help raise money in order to construct a pair of mini soccer fields in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
The fundraising goal is $3,500 and if that goal is reached, the two groups will have signage along the pitch with all the names of people who donated.
The Rebellion President Cory Cloutier spoke to The Bent Musket about the fundraiser and why the groups chose to raise money for Project Goal.
He said, “We take our members seriously when they have any suggestions. We consider our members family. We had one of our general members reach out to us and say ‘hey this is a really interesting project.’”
Cloutier later went on and spoke about how the idea to include The Midnight Riders came about.
“We decided to get involved and after a couple of weeks of planning we were talking about getting the riders involved,” the president of The Rebellion said. “We decided that it would be such a great opportunity to have both groups collaborate on a community service effort for the first time outside of our supporters cups.”
Naturally when having two supporters groups, there can be a divide whether it is warranted or not. Cloutier said that it was one of his goals to reduce the animosity between the two groups. A community service project created the perfect opportunity for the groups to work together.
“It’s a great cause. It’s a way for everyone to pull together and work as one. It’s a team effort and I think that’s kind of one of the primary points, If we can do this and raise that $3,500 as two groups there’s nothing really stopping us in the future from becoming more of a family and less of two different supporter’s groups,” Cloutier said.
Fans who donate are able to win some quality prizes. Every $10 donated earns you an entry in a drawing that includes prizes such as a team autographed kit, a ball signed by Diego Fagundez, a pair of President’s Club tickets to a future match, a Rebellion 10th anniversary kit, and a Midnight Riders merch bundle. Also if fans donate $100 or more, their name will be carved into a brick that leads up to the field in Rhode Island.
As one can imagine planning a fundraiser in the middle of a pandemic isn’t exactly easy, but Cloutier said that it’s worth the extra effort when you consider the cause it’s going towards.
Fundraising runs up until the start of the 2021 MLS season, but Revolution fans definitely won’t want to miss out on making an impact in the New England soccer community.