Chicago House AC Joins Common Goal
Team become fourth pro club member
Chicago House AC CEO Peter Wilt believes his team are set up to be a catalyst for inclusivity, racial equity, and social justice after the club became the fourth professional outfit to join the movement.
The club will pledge 1% of selected revenue streams to Common Goal’s Anti-Racist Project - an action-based approach to tackling systemic racism in football and society.
Chicago House AC will play their inaugural season in the National Independent Soccer Association this year after being founded in 2020.
And Wilt is excited about the prospect of the club being able to make an impact off the field as well as on it.
“Common Goal's values align with Chicago House AC,” he said. “So partnering with Common Goal helps reinforce and activate Chicago House's commitment to be a catalyst for inclusivity, racial equity and social justice.
“On the field we aspire to compete every year for championships. Off the field we aspire to be a catalyst for inclusivity and responsible for making a positive difference in underserved communities, so people have better lives with less discrimination and more opportunities for success.
“Chicago House will serve as a platform for community organizations that share our values to raise funds and amplify their voice. We will partner with representative community organizations to make sure the diversity of our club's partners and the people they serve reflect all of Chicago.
“Sports teams are a community asset that resonate with their fans. They create passionate emotional connections that translate into good works and positive opportunities for Chicagoans. This is manifested via live entertainment, improved and greater athletic participation and attention to social justice and community improvement.”
Common Goal’s Anti-Racist project was launched earlier this year and it led by a diverse coalition from the U.S soccer industry, including Common Goal member club Oakland Roots as well as Chicago Fire FC, Angel City FC, and U.S National Team supporter group the American Outlaws.
The project will fund a toolkit designed by Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) experts across the U.S soccer landscape that will see 5,000 coaches, 60,000 young people, and 115 staff trained in more than 400 communities in its first year.
And Chicago House AC Head Coach and Technical Director C.J. Brown believes the club’s membership of the movement is a moment to take pride in.
“Partnering with Common Goal and their Anti-Racist Project is one of many initiatives we are proud to be a part of,” he said.
“Both our organisations goals align when it comes to our view of what we want to be for our communities.
“Being a new club that is supported by a great organization like Common Goal will help us live up to our mission and growth in our communities.”