NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Soccer Club and 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee are joining forces to raise funds for educational opportunities for Black male youth in honor of Black History Month.
The club announced the partnership Monday. It will release a special edition patch that fans can purchase through Feb. 28.
All proceeds from the purchase of the patch will benefit the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, a non-profit organization providing resources to further the academic and social development of black male students in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee.
“We are excited to celebrate Black History Month and to leverage this moment to support the work of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee and their programs to help black male youth develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in life”, Nashville SC Senior Director of Community Engagement Brandon Hill said in a press release. “Our club and our league as a whole are committed to addressing racial disparities in the black community, and this month provides a wonderful opportunity to promote our commitment to this goal.”
The design combines Nashville SC’s signature gold “N” pattern with Black History Month’s historic colors of green, red and black. This fusion represents Nashville SC’s commitment to its core value of inclusion and unwavering support of racial justice through recognizing the significance of black history and the contributions of African Americans.
The commemorative patch is the first of a series of patches Nashville SC will launch in 2021 in conjunction with Soccer for All, Major League Soccer’s platform to advance diversity and inclusion.
"The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. greatly appreciates the support of Nashville Soccer Club in its development of this creative commemorative Black History Month patch”, Ronald C. Small, Chairman of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee said in the release.