Philadelphia Union’s Ray Gaddis helps form Black Players Coalition in MLS

Ed Benkin
June 22, 2020 - 5:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — African-American Major League Soccer players formed the Black Players Coalition this past Juneteenth, looking to take a collective stand against racism.

Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis, a Black Players Coalition board member, believes the message is clear: The time has come for change.

“The notoriety and the severity of everything that's going on right now, I think that it has really been a catalyst for something of that nature to really open the eyes up of so many,” he said.

Gaddis recently participated in protests in his hometown of Indianapolis. The rallies — along with the diversity of the people involved — give him hope that the change so many are hoping for will happen.

“There is a lot of people who are more cognizant and who are more aware and informed than in the past,” he noted. “As long as you have that hope, I think that there will always be that sense of … change that is going to occur in the future. We want to be a part of the change that we hope to see.”

Gaddis also praised Union coach Jim Curtin for being so outspoken when it comes to the issues of minorities. He said the team has always taken the lead when it comes to the subject of improving social justice.

“This team is very informed. This team is very educated. This team is fighting for social reform. This team is fighting for what's right on and off the field.”