The Boston Breakers have never lost sight of the community that spawned them into stability for twelve years now. After the tragic events in Boston, the club undertook a unique project aimed at raising funds for the victims called the Boston Strong Breakers T-shirt Auction. At 1:00pm EDT today the auction ended with $4,631.00 raised for The One Fund Boston.
“The idea for the Boston Strong Nike T-shirts was all the players and coaches idea” In Breakers communications manager Ryan Wood said in an email to NWSLNews.com. “As an organization we were holding the minute of silence prior to Saturday’s game and selling the wristbands at the game, but the players (and) coaches wanted to do something more specific. That’s where the T-shirt idea came from.”
The Boston Breakers t-shirts are irreplaceable due to their origin. Each member of the Breakers club wore the shirt during a warm up session on May 4th in preparation for their NWSL history making match against the Chicago Red Stars. The t-shirts would then be autographed by the respective player.
On Monday May 6th the auction went live with a strong debut. The starting bid for each shirt was $25.00 but within a few hours some shirts such as Julie King’s peaked at $250.00 and Cat Whitehill’s autograph at around $500.00.
The Breakers general manager, Lee Billiard, reflected on the auction’s reception and said “The auction has been overwhelming. With Saturday’s events and this auction, it is the very least our organization can do to give something to those people affected by the tragedy.”
The Saturday events Billiard was referring to was the sale of an iconic blue and yellow wristband with the words ‘Boston Strong Breakers Pride’ etched across in black bold lettering. The wristbands went on sale prior to their May 4th game for a $1.00 minimum donation.
According to Wood the team still has some wristbands remaining and plan to sell them on the website later this week.
“All proceeds go to The One Fund Boston,” Wood said. “We raised nearly $2,000 from the sale of the wristbands at Saturday’s game.”
The response from the fans has been tremendous for this worthwhile cause, and players such as Sydney Leroux, have chronicled the aftermath of the bombings and how the players as a collective group could participate in supporting those in need.
“What happened in Boston was heartbreaking, and so many people were affected,” Leroux said. “Seeing the response and support from the fans contributing to this auction and helping raise money for The One Fund is amazing.”
The fans are one wheel in the cog for it was the insightful initiative put forth by the Breakers team that led to this endearing act of humanity. Soccer is not only a sport, or a game that is played every week, it is a community of its own. A collection of enthusiasts that see the beauty in technique on the ball, but also the passion players have to support those that brought them to this point.
I would like to thank Ryan Wood, Lee Billiard, Sydney Leroux and the entire coaching staff, players and administration staff of the Boston Breakers for continuing their unassailing dedication to support Boston for the blessing it has bestowed on them throughout the years. Boston Strong.