da Luz is Playing for Pride and the Human Rights Campaign

Here at My Yute Soccer, we envision communities embracing differences through soccer. While I'm especially proud of these 10 years providing free soccer camps for kids, it's an entirely different sense of pride when I learn that my own nephew is not only raising funds for the Human Rights Campaign, but he has galvanized others to do so as well. 


As a professional soccer player in North Carolina, he is using his platform for social impact supporting the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that fights for LGBTQ rights and equality across the country. In an article written by Gay For Soccer,

While acknowledging that issues and discrimination do exist in places, da Luz said he was sick of the negativity around his state and wanted to show that the good outweighs the bad there. That he saw plenty of people doing cool things every day to benefit their communities and causes in which they believed.

In the founding articles for My Yute Soccer, we agreed as a team to "provide free soccer camps, educate youth in the sport of soccer, and promote awareness of socio-cultural differences for the general public." I am proud to have this opportunity to share, on behalf of My Yute Soccer, my nephew's message

I want to create a community of people united behind a worthy cause. Donating money is good and necessary, but I also want to help shape the message that the soccer community, and the sporting community in general, are open and welcoming and diverse and very awesome.

Since its inception in the first week of April, the Playing for Pride roster has grown significantly to 28 players from across leagues and continents. (see complete roster below)

To hear from da Luz himself, he follows NWSL MVP and U.S. National team player Lynn Williams on this podcast from the Inverted Triangle, at minute 50 (and digresses to a conversation about Star Wars at 1:07, btw). Or, listen to this interview starting at minute 30 on Howler's Dummy Podcast, "Interviews with Smart Soccer People," hosted by George Quraishi. 

If you would like to support and join professional soccer players across the country who are raising money for the Human Rights Campaign throughout the 2017 season, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/playing-for-pride

Current Roster, Playing for Pride


Sam Mewis - NC Courage and USWNT

McCall Zerboni - NC Courage

Jess McDonald - NC Courage

Lynn Williams - NC Courage and USWNT

Joanna Lohman - Washington Spirit

Katie Stengel - Washington Spirit

Kristie Mewis - Washington Spirit

Stephanie McCaffrey - Chicago Red Stars


Sam Cronin - Minnesota United FC

Ike Opara - Sporting KC

Collin Martin - Minnesota United FC

Eric Miller - Colorado Rapids


Tarek Morad - Louisville City FC

Niall McCabe - Louisville City FC

Aodhan Quinn - FC Cincinnati

Matt Bahner - FC Cincinnati

Enrique Montano - Sacramento Republic FC

Matt Watson - Phoenix Rising FC


Connor Tobin - North Carolina FC

Matt Fondy - North Carolina FC

Steven Miller - North Carolina FC

Brian Shriver - North Carolina FC

George Marks - North Carolina FC

Austin da Luz - North Carolina FC

Paul Black - North Carolina FC

Danny Cruz - San Francisco Deltas

Andrew Lubahn - San Francisco Deltas


Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla