April 15, 2021 (Germantown, MD) - Maryland Bobcats FC are happy to announce that the club is the first professional club to join the Anti-Racist Soccer Club coalition. Maryland Bobcats FC, a minority owned club, led by a Black President and Black Head Coach, discuss the plan with our staff and players and created a 10 point plan that fit the needs of our community.
Club President Jide Saba said, “It has always been the goal of the club to build a club for the people and by the people. A club that represents our community and shows the diversity and
the culture of our players. This is another step to show that we mean business and we are very committed and understand the problem that our minority players, coaches, staff, and community face.”
The entire organization is committed to taking action and player Alex Kao summed it up well
saying, “This is the first step we are taking to hold our club and our community accountable on the matter. We're lucky to play in a league that supports this stance and are very appreciative of NISA not just keeping the conversation going, but pushing for actions to be taken and real conversations being had. The club committing to this is us publicly saying that we want to do the work."
To read our 10 Point plan, please go here.
About Anti-Racist Soccer Club
ARSC was created to fight racism in American soccer. The founding organizations and
individuals understand the need to address the ongoing systemic racism that exists within our game, with impactful action. The 10 point plan is the foundation for what American soccer clubs can do as a starting point and this coalition will continue to guide any clubs that wish to adopt and implement the plan.
Clubs, leagues and supporter groups can apply to join the Anti Racist Soccer Club coalition by submitting their version of the 10 point plan that fits their community, based on our guidelines. The plan will be reviewed by our leadership team. All groups accepted into the coalition will be required to participate in a quarterly review of their progress and commitment to fighting racism. Accountability must become a part of the process in fighting racism.