On Thursday, the New England Revolution organization unveiled the New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund.
The fund was created for Revolution players to help support various organizations in the New England area to create meaningful change in their local communities. A committee of Revolution players, including Black Players for Change co-founder Earl Edwards Jr. will overlook the fund’s operations.
The New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund will begin awarding $20,000 grants on a bi-monthly basis, thanks to owner Robert Kraft. The money will be awarded to local grassroots campaigns as they promote equality and end systemic racism.
The first beneficiary of the fund will be the Black Players for Change. Since its inception in June of 2020, more than 170 players, coaches, and staff across Major League Soccer have worked to bridge the racial equality gap in soccer and society. Black Players for Change will work alongside the New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund to identify organizations in the New England area to reinvest the funds in the local community.
Jonathan Kraft, the President of Kraft Family Philanthropies, said that “It is a great honor for the Kraft family to work with the New England Revolution players to establish a fund that will support organizations and people engaged in the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality.”.
Goalkeeper and BPC co-founder Earl Edwards Jr. said he was “extremely grateful for what the Kraft family has committed to with the New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund. This is a concerted effort that is required to establish real change in a system that was so meticulously built to oppress people of color.”. Edwards hopes that the New England Revolution Players Collaborative Fund “sets a strong example for other clubs across the league.”.
The New England Revolution Players Collaborative is a key pillar to the club’s C.H.A.N.G.E. platform, which seeks to recognize and honor local leaders fighting inequality and racial justice.