Republic FC Presents Limited Edition Black History Month Scholarship and Scarf

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento Republic FC announced Tuesday that it has a few projects underway during Black History Month.

According to a press release, Republic FC has partnered with the president of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce for a college scholarship to be awarded during the club’s preseason friendly against Monterey Bay FC on March 5.

Our club’s vision is a call to continually find ways to impact our community, from building safe spaces for children to play football, to supporting economic prosperity across the region, to invest and improve outcomes for all. We are excited to kick off this season with a new scholarship in the Indomitable Scholars series and to work with the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce to help showcase and celebrate the businesses and leaders who support the prosperity of many people in our community.

Kevin Burdick, Republic FC Director of Community Investment

The $1,000 scholarship is the first the club is awarding this year as part of its Indomitable Scholars series. Further scholarships are planned throughout 2022, including the continuation of the club’s Latinx and LGBT scholarships.

“Our Indomitable Scholars series began in 2019, and we’ve worked with different groups to expand it each year,” Sacramento Republic FC spokesman John Jacobs wrote to FOX40 in an email. “Education is a pillar of our community investment portfolio, and through these scholarships we are able to help students pursue their quest for learning and ultimately support their community. »

Students preparing for their first academic semester at a four-year institution or junior or community college are eligible to apply. Eligibility is open to high school seniors and transfer students from the Sacramento area. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 25.

A winner will be selected after a panel of Black Chamber of Commerce leaders, Republic FC players and club staff review the submissions.

Jacobs said the Black Chamber of Commerce has been a great partner with the club. The two parties previously partnered in 2020 for a business grants and support program that provided relief to local businesses that faced challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to work with them and support the black business community in the region,” Jacobs said.

Along with the scholarship, the club is raising money for Black-owned businesses in the Sacramento area and donating to local and national charities this month. In Tuesday’s statement, the club said it would also highlight a black-owned business in Sacramento every Friday.

“As training camp continues, our players will join the club’s efforts to support local black businesses, including distributing gift cards/merchandise to highlight and generate new business opportunities – as well as community outreach events like free football clinics,” Burdick mentioned.

Republic FC also announced the sale of a special limited edition “Dream in Color” scarf for Black History Month, with proceeds going to Sacramento native Amobi Okugo’s Ok U Go Foundation. Proceeds also go to the Footy’s Got You Foundation, founded by United Soccer League Charlotte Independence defender Hugh Roberts, who is a former teammate of Republic FC defender Duke Lacroix.

The limited-edition scarf was born out of a partnership between the USL and the USL Black Players Alliance, and Lacroix contributed to the concept, according to the Republic press release. The scarf features the phrases “Honor the Past”, “Inspire the Future” and “Dream in Color”.

Lacroix, who is Republic FC’s liaison to the USL’s BPA, helped work with USL graphic designer TJ Grier on the design, according to a post on the USL website.

“‘Honor Our Past’ is a direct quote from the scarf, which speaks to those who laid the groundwork to have this platform as an athlete and a black member of this community in Sacramento and across the league, it’s really special,” Lacroix said in a statement. “The Scarf’s ‘Inspire The Future’ is a call to truly drive action in the community, inspire youth, support black businesses, and encourage diversity and growth.”

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