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Last week we brought you the news of the Chicago Fire partnering with Equality Illinois on a number of events all summer long.
The first event as part of the partnership was a Chicago Fire presence at Equality Illinois’ July First Friday cocktail party on the 6th. Goalkeeper Jay Nolly and defender Dan Gargan, both members of our Allies list, represented the team at the event.
Nolly and Gargan with Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov — plus an “I do” tshirt! (Rachel Crosby, Equality Illinois)
In what is being hailed as the Midwest’s first formal partnership between a pro sports franchise and an LGBT-rights group, the Chicago Fire is teaming up with Equality Illinois for a number of events over the summer.
The first sign of the new partnership was on June 24, when members of the Fire staff marched along with Equality Illinois and their marriage equality float in the city’s Pride Parade:
The first-of-its-kind partnership was formally announced July 5. Other Chicago teams have donated items or held LGBT theme nights, but there has never been a pairing like this between a team and an organization.
So far this month we’re averaging just about three new allies a day from Major League Soccer clubs. It’s an amazing growth and a great lead up to June when we’ll give everyone an opportunity to recruit allies in an all new way.
Will the Chicago Fire help us keep up the pace? Goalkeeper Jay Nolly became a list member last week when he volunteered a pretty awesome Tweet:
— Jay Nolly (@JayNolly) May 1, 2012
Thank you Jay!
So help us light a fire under some of Jay’s teammates and get them to join him on the #soccerally list. We’ll keep an eye out for that hash tag and tweets to us all day.