As a professional sports club that bears the name Chicago, we felt it was important to speak out about recent events.
We needed time to reflect. We wanted to do more than make a short comment. We wanted a response that would be representative of our entire Club.
We listened to the people who make up Chicago Fire FC, including our players, supporters and staff. They’re our teammates in the locker room, in the stands, in the office and in our community.
The last few months have been hard. The last days agonizingly more so. The impact of events has left many hurting and our communities in distress. As you can imagine, the subsequent discussions we had about how our Club should respond yielded many different perspectives and opinions.
We want to be crystal clear: We denounce and stand in opposition to racism, prejudice and violence. We always have, and we always will. In this moment, we mourn the killing of George Floyd. We also mourn the countless other members of the black community whose lives have been impacted by racism. But those words will be hollow unless we implement specific programs and initiatives that will allow our Club to spark real change. The future needs to have a different outcome.
We have always taken pride in serving Chicago. In being a good neighbor. We’re proud of the work our Foundation and Neighborhoods group has done, touching tens of thousands of young lives in schools, playgrounds and camps in many of the city’s most underserved communities.
But it isn’t enough. We need to do more. And we will.
We are sharing today that by November 1, 2020, the Club will unveil new programs intended to help combat racism and bring about positive change. We’ll begin by inviting those with ideas to make us better and to help identify our blind spots. While we have diverse voices across our Club, we will add more. We know we won’t eradicate racism alone, but we’ll have a plan in place to do our part on a daily basis.
As a Club, we are raising our collective hand and pledging to be better, to do better and to be held accountable.
We stand against racism. We stand for Chicago.