Nashville SC partnered with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) to host a Paint the Pitch day at TIRRC’s new headquarters in Antioch last month.
Club staff and volunteers painted a mural surrounding the club’s new community mini pitch, which will provide a much-needed recreation space for youth and families in the area. Over 30 community volunteers came together to help 10 local volunteer artists complete the vibrant mural. Sherwin Williams, the official paint of Nashville SC, provided the paint and supplies to create the mural.
“Community is at the heart of everything that we do,” says Nashville SC Senior Director of Community Engagement Brandon Hill. “TIRRC is an amazing organization that’s well known in our community for supporting the international community, and diversity is a really important thing for us. We want to support organizations that are supporting the Nashville community, and that’s why we’re here.”
“No matter what your race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation is, soccer is here for everyone,” Hill says. “Our game is one that represents the entire world, and we want to show that inclusivity and that spirit of unity.”
The Paint the Pitch day of service was part of the MLS WORKS Soccer For All initiative and the League’s commitment to supporting the communities where we live and play the game. The mural features flags from around the world, representing the countries of origin of TIRRC members.
“Soccer is such an integral sport to our communities and our work and our organization together,” says Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, TIRRC’s Executive Director. “We’re just so excited to have Nashville SC be a part of that work and help bring immigrants and refugees and their U.S.-born neighbors together to form stronger bonds and stronger relationships and make our community more united.”
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