Major League Soccer is celebrating June 2022 with special “Freedom To Be” kits. Each club wore MLS Juneteenth jerseys over the weekend of June 18-19, which will then be auctioned off to benefit black communities selected by each MLS club.
Designed by Judah “Tip” Middleton, an Alabama-based queer artist, the MLS Juneteenth jerseys feature numbers on the jerseys, bright yellow, green and red, symbolizing the blood, soil and prosperity of Africa and its people..
MLS Jerseys 2022 June 2022
This weekend every club is wearing June 19 style numbers designed by @JudaMiddleton_.
Proceeds from used shirt auctions will benefit organizations that support and uplift black communities in the MLS club markets.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 19, 2022
The jerseys were designed in collaboration with Black Players For Change (BPC), which was created by Black MLS players, coaches and staff in 2020.
“I’m so excited to be able to design to celebrate the beauty and sustainability of what Juneteenth is.” Middleton said. “The freedom to express what that means to me as a black queer woman has been a liberation and I look forward to partnering with MLS and Black Players For Change to share that with the world.”
The MLS Juneteenth jerseys were first worn on Saturday and looked great in a variety of forms.
From June 20 to July 5, bet on T-shirts inspired by the June holidays!All income support @RaveFoundmissions, focusing on youth in black communities.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SaundersFC) June 18, 2022
June 10 became a federal holiday in 2021, although it has been celebrated since 1866, one year after the date it was named after. The June number corresponds to June 19, 1965, the date the last slaves in the US learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation, issued more than 2.5 years ago. (More about June, Click here.) It was also Father’s Day on a Sunday, but June was about 50 years older than Father’s Day.
Today we celebrate the day when black freedom turned from a dream into a living reality. This is not only a significant day for @AustinFCbut also a landmark moment for our entire country.
— Michael Lahoud (@MikeLahoud) June 19, 2022
All MLS Juneteenth jerseys will be auctioned from June 20 to July 5, with proceeds going to benefit organizations each club has chosen to benefit their local black communities. Below is a list of beneficiaries from the jersey sale. To bet on jerseys, Click here.
Beneficiaries of the June MLS Jersey Auction
- Atlanta United: Morehouse University Foundation
- Austin FC: Six Square
- Charlotte FC: Johnson S. Smith University
- Chicago Fire FC: My Block My Hood My City
- FC Cincinnati: Cincinnati June
- Colorado Rapids: JMF Corporation
- Columbus Crew: VoyceNow Foundation
- DC United: Mutual Aid “Serve Your City/County 6”
- FC Dallas: S.M. Wright
- Houston Dynamo FC: Forge for Families
- Sporting Kansas City: Kansas City GIFT
- LA Galaxy: BOSS Academy and Project Blue
- LAFC: Color the Water
- Inter Miami CF: Grieving Family Foundation
- Minnesota United: Voices for Racial Justice
- CF Montréal: Bigger Siblings of Greater Montreal
- Nashville SC: My Brother’s Nashville Keeper
- New England Revolution: Man Up, Inc.
- New York Red Bulls: National Institute for Black Child Development
- FC New York City: A city in a community
- Orlando City SC: My Brother Orlando’s Keeper
- Philadelphia Union: FC Design
- Portland Timbers: Maurice Lucas Foundation
- Real Salt Lake: Project Success Coalition
- San Jose Earthquakes: African American Public Services Agency
- Seattle Sounders FC: RAVE Foundation
- Toronto FC: Black Community Foundation
- Vancouver Whitecaps: Ethos Lab
US Soccer and NWSL also celebrated June 10 on Sunday.
Recognition of the June holiday should draw attention to the holiday, provoke discussion and turn this discussion into action. In this time of change, we are committed to doing our best every day, encouraging alliance, inclusion and belonging.” https://t.co/g7Iov8WIUJ pic.twitter.com/jzg8jwCVhr