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Sounders FC Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month with a Variety of Activations Throughout May

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May 13, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Seattle Sounders FC News Release

RENTON, WASH. – Sounders FC today announced special club programming surrounding the celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month in recognition of the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. The annual celebration culminates at the club’s Bruce Lee-themed match against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, May 29.


As part of the Rave Green’s ongoing commitment to fight racism, one of the pillars of Sounders FC’s Social Justice Framework, the club is using the month of May to feature programming and projects designed to promote and support local AANHPI-owned small businesses, educate the community around the harmful impacts of implicit bias and systemic racism, amplify the voices of local experts and invest in and give back to the community in historically under-resourced and underfunded spaces.

More information detailing the club’s plans for this year’s AANHPI Heritage Month celebrations can be found below.

SUPPORT AANHPI-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSESS

The club’s activities this month continue Rave Green’s season-long collaboration with Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending. This year, and as part of National Small Business Week (NSBW) 2024 – an annual celebration hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners – Sounders FC and Intentionalist are collaborating to encourage fans to #SpendLikeItMatters in support to AANHPI-owned small businesses in the community.

As part of the Receipt & Receive campaign, fans are encouraged to visit their favorite AANHPI-owned food trucks and vendors at any of the club’s upcoming home matches, including the Heritage Match vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 and at the Bruce Lee Match vs. Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, May 29 at Lumen Field in Seattle. Qualifying food vendors are located in Lumen Field’s North Plaza and in pop-up kiosks outside of Section 113.

Fans can upload receipts from qualifying purchases for a chance to win a variety of prizes from Sounders FC, Intentionalist and other local professional sports teams. This year, the club aims to catalyze $35,000 of spending at AANHPI-owned businesses through the month of May from the community.

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