August 28, 2013 | by Kevin Majoros
DC United to host 4th Night OUT game
D.C. United, soccer, United Night Out, gay news, Washington Blade, soccer

DC United takes on L.A. Galaxy on Sept. 14. for a Team D.C. and Federal Triangles Soccer Club-sponsored United Night OUT. (Washington Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC) and Team DC in conjunction with DC United will host the fourth annual United Night OUT at RFK Stadium as D.C. United takes on L.A. Galaxy on Sept. 14.

DC United has a history of supporting the LGBT community. It was an early and avid supporter of the FTSC when they hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in 1997 and again in 2009.

“I think our name sums it up,” says Doug Hicks, chief marketing officer of DC United.  “United refers to what is in our DNA. We are all united regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity or sexual identity.”

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In 2011, DC United released a much-lauded “It Gets Better” video that showed a few players taking some major hits on the field. They were the first Major League Soccer (MLS) team and first local professional team to participate in the anti-bullying campaign founded by Dan Savage.

In 2012, DC United filmed a video for the “You Can Play Project” that was launched that year within the National Hockey League by Patrick Burke and his father Brian Burke. United was again the first MLS and local professional team to participate in the project.

DC United is donating a portion of each ticket sale from the United Night OUT to the You Can Play Project.

The You Can Play Project is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. It is working to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.

It also aims to rid professional sports of casual homophobia in the locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

The United Night OUT event will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 with a tailgate party in Lot 8 of RFK Stadium where you can join fellow members of the LGBT community for food on the grill and beverages.

Group participation levels for United Night OUT are:

  • Team Captain (10 tickets) – recognition on the official website and one raffle ticket to win a United jersey.
  • Supporter’s Club (25 tickets) – live link on the official website, recognition on the scrolling ticker at the stadium, representation on the field during the pregame activities and two raffle tickets to win a United jersey.
  • Community Partners (50 tickets) – logo and live link on the official website, recognition on the scrolling ticker at the stadium, representation on the field during the pregame activities, one spot in the Superstar T-Shirt Toss (limited to 15 groups) and five raffle tickets to win a United jersey.

Tickets are available at Nellie’s Sports Bar and at unitednightout.com for $30 and ticketholders will have access to the Capital View Club from 3:30 p.m. throughout the game.

The match between United and Galaxy, live and in its entirety, will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet the result of a joint broadcast created by the two teams and their broadcast partners. A national broadcast also remains on UniMas.

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