Phoenix Rising FC goalkeeper Zac Lubin joined supporters from the Red Fury and Los Bandidos at a protest march in Phoenix on Saturday night. | Photo courtesy @Chicano_Malo (Twitter)
PHOENIX – Among the members of Phoenix Rising FC supporter groups the Red Fury and Los Bandidos marching in a peaceful protest on Saturday night through Phoenix, the familiar face of Zac Lubin was also on hand to lend his voice to the calls for an end to systemic racism in the United States.
The veteran goalkeeper has been vocal advocate for change on his social media channels over the past two weeks, with the experiences he’s had over the course of his career guiding his desire to see equality achieved for all.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have played soccer and to experience so many different cultures and people and ethnicities,” Lubin told KPNX 12 News’ Josh Sanders. “You sit in their kitchens and living rooms and have conversations with everybody. I’m so lucky to have that experience, and now it’s given a platform.”
Now in his third season in Phoenix, Lubin is one of a collection of local professional athletes including the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker and Aron Baynes, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brianna Turner, and the Arizona Cardinals Patrick Patterson who have been active on social media calling for change, as well as other players and coaches within the USL Championship.
Lubin believes the voices of athletes will be essential to the efforts now being undertaken across the United States to both implement initial reform and also create a lasting impact with the next generation.
“It’s no longer ‘Shut up and Dribble,’” Lubin told Sanders. “Athletes have a voice, and I think they’re the ones who are going to inspire change in our kids, and our kids are the ones who are going to make the ultimate change in our system, in the Senate, in the House of Representatives, Government and everything. To have a voice and a platform, it’s taken a long time for everyone to come out and speak, but it’s happening now and it’s a huge change, I think.”