To our membership,
In recent weeks the Black Lives Matter movement has been sweeping the Globe. While this has been triggered more recently by the death of George Floyd, the fight against racism has become a prominent issue in the sporting world for a number of years.
As board members of Kincardine Adult Soccer Association (KASA), we wanted to use this downtime from running our leagues to take a moment to address this movement, be introspective about how we can help and advocate ourselves as allies.
Inclusivity has always been an implied, integral theme of our leagues over the years. We are proud of the diversity of our membership and will continue to work hard to provide a discrimination free environment for people to socialize and share their love for the game of soccer regardless of race, religion, gender identification or sexual orientation.
With that said however, we realize there is always room for improvement and feel it is important for it to be more formally reflected in our organization’s Mission, Vision and Disciplinary Procedures.
We want our members to know that we will never stand for any form of discrimination or harassment in our leagues. Period. We also strongly believe that our organization is only as strong as our community of members and we would like everyone to be part of this very important conversation.
If you have any comments or ideas as to how we can raise the bar as an organization to further promote the values of diversity and inclusivity, please let us know. We will then take the time to digest the feedback and ensure that it is formally embedded in our organization’s actions and values both now and for years to come. As such, we will be amending our Constitution and Strategic Plan to emphasize this inclusion.
Soccer has always been a common language, a means to break down barriers and a way to bring people together. Let’s keep it that way.
To learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and how you can participate, please visit blacklivesmatters.com. Here you will find actionable resources, the latest news, and valuable information to educate more on this important movement. #BlackLivesMatter
Stay safe and we look forward to being back on a field together!