Las Vegas Lights FC forward Santiago Echavarría models the jersey the club will wear on Saturday night when it hosts Rio Grande Valley FC. | Photo courtesy Las Vegas Lights FC
LAS VEGAS – From their launch, Las Vegas Lights FC’s black and neon home uniforms have been among the most distinctive in the USL Championship.
But on Saturday night as the side hosts Rio Grande Valley FC at Cashman Field (10:30 p.m. ET | ESPN+) the side will be sporting a different look in support of an important cause as it aims to raise awareness and encourage fans to sign up to become organ donors.
The specially made kits will feature the club’s neon yellow, blue and pink colors outlining major organs in the body.
“Lights FC is incredibly proud to host Donate Life Night. There are 618 Nevadans that are currently awaiting an organ transplant -- and we hope to help reduce that number by encouraging Lights FC fans to sign-up at RegisterMe.org to save a life,” said Lights FC Owner Brett Lashbrook. “We are known for our unique jersey designs – and our ‘Donate Life’ jersey is our most unique yet. I’m excited to use our platform as a pro sports team to bring greater awareness to this cause by having our players wearing something that will no doubt spark conversations about the important role of organ donation in our society.”
As part of the night, the club will welcome former professional player Simon Keith as its guest, with the English forward having been the first player to compete professionally after receiving a heart transplant. While playing for the University of Victoria, Keith was diagnosed with myocarditis, a deterioration of the heart muscle. After undergoing surgery in England in 1986, Keith completed his college career at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas before going on to play for the Cleveland Crunch professionally.
Fans that sign up to become a donor will be eligible to win a multitude of prizes, including free jerseys and 50% off official merchandise, along with several more surprises for registered organ donors attending the match.
In addition, Nevada Donor Network officials and volunteers will be present at the Zappos Fan Tailgate to help fans register, give away prizes and raffle off spots in the Shirts Off the Back promotion following the contest against the Toros.
“On average, 22 patients die every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs,” said Nevada Donor Network CEO Joe Ferreira. “We are honored to join Lights FC and we support this event 100 percent.”