BlueGreens Supporters and Fans:
Our entire country has been shaken to its core this past week. The horrifying and unwarranted death of George Floyd as a result of the brutal action taken by four police officers has sparked warranted protests across the country. Unfortunately, growing tensions resulted in riots that included destruction of property, looting, along with incredibly scary events for thousands of people involved. The fact that all of this began in our state, the city of Minneapolis, makes the entire tragedy feel like it is our own.
We, at Duluth FC, recognize that the great majority of police officers truly serve and protect the people in their communities and we honor their service. However, we feel strongly that practices of brutality and discrimination that occur at the hands of police officers must be rooted out completely and permanently. To that end, our organization stands in support of all peaceful protests, although we reject and condemn the destruction and looting at the hands of a few opportunist perpetrators.
Many of us have friends and family members who live their daily lives in those very areas of Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Further, our partner NPSL club, Minneapolis City SC, has players, staff, and supporters who have their homes on the very streets that experienced grave destruction. We are heartbroken for the suffering of all the people involved.
Minneapolis City SC have taken initiative to help with the recovery effort in their own home city by supporting the Simpson Food Pantry. Duluth FC will follow the leadership of our partner club and offer our support to this organization. In addition, we encourage all our fans and supporters to support the efforts of this organization with a donation here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fill-the-shelves-at-simpson-food-pantry or by mail to:
Simpson Food Pantry
2740 1st Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
We are hopeful and prayerful for the well-being of Mr. George Floyd’s family along with everyone who is adversely affected by all the pain and destruction of the riots.
Duluth FC Staff