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Homophobia and discrimination still pose major obstacles for LGBTQ+ youth wanting to play sports.

And many coaches do not have the skills or knowledge to protect the rights of their LGBTQ+ players.


In 2018, 42% of LGBTQ+ youth believe their communities do not accept them.

LGBTQ+ kids are twice as likely to be assaulted at school.

73% believe youth sports is not a safe or welcoming environment.

Together, we can change this reality.


This summer, global nonprofit streetfootballworld announced "Play Proud," a bold new initiative created to keep LGBTQ+ kids safe.

Led by USWNT midfielder and World Cup Champion, Megan Rapinoe, Play Proud will build and implement the first-ever digital toolkit for coaches designed to empower and protect LGBTQ+ Players.

Play Proud launched on June 6th to coincide with Pride Month and the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is supported by a national media campaign and short form content series featuring real stories of LGBTQ+ youth, which aired on Fox Sports during its World Cup broadcast and online coverage.

“I would have loved for these things to have been talked about when I was a kid. Not only for the LGBTQ kids but for the straight kids as well. I think it’s really important to give them this information and education so they know how to talk about things and know the right way to make it an inclusive environment.”- Megan Rapinoe, Play Proud Ambassador


There are more than 35,000 coaches in our network who directly impact 2.5 million youth worldwide, waiting for this training.

With your partnership we will create safe places for LGBTQ+ youth to play by giving coaches the education and training they need to ensure every young person feels safe and accepted, both on and off the field. In the process, you’ll be empowering LGBTQ+ youth to find their voice and reach their full potential.

"I support Play Proud because it gives people, like me, opportunities to be themselves" - Will Sigler, Philadelphia

For more information on how you or your organization can partner with streetfootballworld on this important initiative, please contact:

Corporate Partners:

Neill Duffy | Purpose + Sport | +1 415 815 7620 | rebecca.perez@purposeandsport.com

Community Partners:

Lilli Barrett-O'Keefe | streetfootballworld USA | +1 847 997 4731 | barrett@streetfootballworld.org

Play Proud. Be Proud. Change the Game.

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Melinda Travis

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