DETROIT - Detroit City FC will take to the pitch on Tuesday, October 8 in support of We the People of Detroit, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to informing, educating and empowering Detroit residents on civil rights, land, water, education and the democratic process.
In honor of We the People of Detroit, DCFC players will wear a special patch on their 2019 black alternate jerseys. During the match, each participating player’s autographed, game-worn jersey will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in a silent auction held at Keyworth Stadium. All proceeds raised will benefit We the People of Detroit.
The match kicks off at 7:30 PM at Keyworth Stadium against Michigan Stars FC. Tickets for the penultimate home match are still available at tickets.detcityfc.com.
Founded in 2008 by five women of color, We the People is a community leader in championing Detroiters’ access to safe water. The organization works to give low-income families access to clean water, provides education on water issues, conducts research to raise awareness and mobilizes people to collaborate to improve their quality of life.
“Each season we have the good fortune to partner with charitable organizations that are working and advocating to make our city a better place,” said Sean Mann, CEO of DCFC. “Often they are organizations that don’t get the credit that they deserve. We the People of Detroit has been tackling many issues of importance to our city but in particular, we are grateful for their grassroots work advocating for, and providing, access to safe and clean water for all our fellow citizens.”
"Donations from organizations like Detroit City FC and others allow We the People of Detroit to continue the work of bringing clean, safe water to underserved communities and advocating on their behalf, said Monica Lewis-Patrick, Co-founder, President & CEO of We the People of Detroit. “We are honored to be the recipient of such generosity from Detroit City FC, who is becoming a staple in the city of Detroit."
During the 2019 season, DCFC introduced a fundraising initiative in support of water-based efforts in Detroit and around the globe. At each DCFC home match in 2019, the club sold a limited amount of matchday prints designed by international and Detroit-based artists. Proceeds from the charity prints benefit the artists, We the People of Detroit and Viva Con Agua, a network of people and organizations committed to establishing access to fresh drinking water and basic sanitation for all humans worldwide.
Detroit City FC is proud to support and partner with We the People of Detroit.
About We the People of Detroit: As a community-based grassroots organization, We The People of Detroit (WPD) aims to inform, educate, and empower Detroit residents on imperative issues surrounding civil rights, land, water, education, and the democratic process. WPD has worked tenaciously with its network of volunteers to provide water relief, citizens-based research, designed youth leadership programming (We the Youth of Detroit), and is a leading voice at regional, national & international water and human rights tables for Detroit residents and advocate for a sustainable water future for all.
About Detroit City FC: Founded in 2012, Detroit City FC is a grassroots football club working to satisfy the market for soccer in Detroit, represent the city in a positive light, and build community through the beautiful game. The 2020 season marks the DCFC men’s side’s first year as a professional team, beginning play in the National Independent Soccer Association in February 2020. Also new for 2020 is the Detroit City FC women’s side, which will begin play in United Women’s Soccer in May 2020. Learn more about DCFC at detcityfc.com.