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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal SC on Friday presented a $10,000 check to The Association of African American Educators (AAAE), an organization that advocates for equity in education within the ethnically diverse pupil population of San Diego County. Donation funds were raised with the help of the community through the club’s game-worn Black Lives Matter jersey auction and percentage of sales from specific items at The Shop at San Diego Loyal.
In addition to the check presentation, SD Loyal unveiled its new items to their lifestyle apparel collection, “Together San Diego”. The collection, made up of a track jacket, scarf and two face masks, will continue to raise funds and awareness around the importance of fighting social injustice by supporting relevant causes and is available both at the club store in Mission Valley and online at sdloyal.com/theshop.
“We, as a club that stands for diversity and the word ‘Loyal’, have a responsibility to use our voice and put words into action to ensure our community is heard and supported,” said SD Loyal Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis. “We couldn’t have picked a better organization to partner with during our inaugural season and with our new line, ‘Together San Diego’, fans can literally wear their pride on their chest and show we stand together.”
The funds raised for AAAE will help promote increased understanding and valuing of African American history and culture. The organization also helps interpret to the broader community the needs and desires of the African American community as they relate to educational matters, and conversely, interpret and clarify for the African American community, the goals and policies related to students of African descent of the greater San Diego County school districts.
“The Association of African American Educations is very thankful and grateful for this donation, but even more so for our partnership with the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club,” said AAAE Director of Communications and Media Tamara Muhammad. “Your dedication and support of educators and students is unmatched. As we navigate through this chaotic time in our nation’s history, it gives us great pleasure to say we have community partners such as SD Loyal to help us with our work towards equity in education.”