HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have teamed up with the You Can Play Project, as well as other local non-profit LGBTQ organizations, to host the first-ever Pride Night when Orlando City SC comes to Red Bull Arena Saturday, Aug. 12.

Pride Night will celebrate diversity, inclusion, and spread the message of acceptance and respect within the soccer community.

The Pride Night celebration will feature prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community participating in a pre-game panel including former NBA player Jason Collins, former New York Liberty player and Brookhaven, N.Y. native Sue Wicks and You Can Play VP/American triathlete Chris Mosier.

Three dollars from every ticket purchased using the promo code PRIDE17 will be donated to the You Can Play Project. Donations are not tax deductible. The first 1,500 fans to purchase tickets using the promo code PRIDE17 will receive an exclusive New York Red Bulls Pride Night scarf.

You Can Play is an organization dedicated to the safety and inclusion of all participants across the world of sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. Their mission is to create a culture change where locker rooms and spectator areas focus on athletic ability, work ethic, and team spirit, not sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

“The Red Bulls proudly stand alongside the LGBTQ community,” Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said. “Pride Night at Red Bull Arena holds special meaning to us since the event that is largely regarded as the catalyst for the LGBTQ movement for civil rights began in New York City back in 1969. Our constant commitment for inclusion and diversity within the organization and local community is part of the fabric of our club.”

The Red Bulls will wear special jerseys to celebrate Pride Night. Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned at a later date to benefit the You Can Play Project.

An exclusive Pride Night t-shirt will be featured as the item of the game in the Bull Shop at RBA while supplies last.

Members of the Red Bulls front office also will march with the You Can Play Project in the New York City Pride Parade June 25.

A fireworks display will follow the match.

Fans interested in attending this special night can visit www.NewYorkRedBulls.com/PRIDE and use the promo code PRIDE17 when purchasing tickets in order to donate a portion of their sale to the You Can Play Project and to receive the exclusive scarf. During the ticket purchase process, fans can select the $20 panel option in addition the ticket price to gain admission to the pre-game Pride Night panel.

For more information, including a full list of panelists visit www.NewYorkRedBulls.com/PRIDE.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.