A GROUP OF PASSIONATE SOCCER FANS GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES...
The American Outlaws, as a national organization continue to break new ground and our collaboration with Lionsraw is a natural progression and the most logical step to see a stronger commitment to not only the soccer community, but to having a positive impact in communities across the United States of America.
Lionsraw is a global movement of soccer fans from all backgrounds, who share a passion for the beautiful game and for creating chances for change locally and globally. They exist to engage with any group of fans, regardless of sex, race, faith or color. Lionsraw simply want to work with people who want to make a difference in the lives of others.
#AOImpact is a strategic partnership between Lionsraw and The American Outlaws, and its number one objective is to serve in the communities across the USA where we live, work and play. The American Outlaws are a 200 chapter strong supporter group for the US Mens and Womens National Teams. We are passionate soccer fans and we want to change the communities around us.
Each American Outlaws Chapter varies in size and shape, and of course all have their own uniqueness to them…especially when it comes to their members.
These chapters are the pioneers in how The American Outlaws will give back to their communities across the United States and beyond. Click on each of the logos to find out more about the chapter, and get in touch to find out what events they have lined up and the community projects they are working with.
Giving back...At HOME & AWAY
While our AO chapters serve in the cities they live and work, we will also look to serve on national projects across the United States. We want to serve the communities in the countries where we visit to support the national teams. Whether in Mexico for a WC qualifier, playing Panama in the Hex or seeing the teams play in Jamaica as part of the Gold Cup, we aim to create long-standing partnerships with local charities and give back during as many #AOAway trips that we can.
HOW WE SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES
Every AO Chapter serves their community in their own way, they are unique in how they operate as an American Outlaw chapter, and therefore unique in how they connect with their own communities and people.
Lionsraw & AO National decided to create a list of ways the AO Chapters could serve their community. Each AO Chapter is on its own path, and therefore some of them have been giving back to its community for years, whereas others are completely new to this...but very willing and passionate!
We serve our communities by...
Partner with a Local Charity
Every AO Chapter is expected to partner with a local soccer charity in their community. This enables them to directly support local grassroots soccer in their city. A great example of this is how AO Boston have been supporting the work of America Scores Boston, the annual gala fundraiser AO Boston host for American Scores is now in it's ninth year!
FUNDRAISE AT LOCAL VIEWING PARTIES
If you're not going to the game, then the game is definitely going to be shown at your local AO bar. The AO Chapters are always looking for ways to connect with the local community and find that watch parties are one of the best ways. Regularly using the opportunity to raise money through auctions, raffles and give-aways, everyone can get involved in this...and watch the game at the same time.
Adopt a local Soccer team
Many AO Chapters have decided to turn their love of soccer in to something more tangible and invest in the next generation of soccer players. And many are following AO Modesto's lead by sponsoring and supporting their local Youth Team. The local AO Chapter not only fundraise for the team, but also turn out on match days and support the young players while they play their games.
Whilst we encourage every AO Chapter involved in #AOImpact to do the three things above, it is of course not compulsory. Some of our chapters use more creative ways to give back...like paint a whole school in under two days, run FIFA tournaments, do a community cleanup, run a sponsored bar crawl, host a BBQ for dogs (don't ask!)...and the list goes on!
Ao In The Community
On October 14th 2017, The American Outlaws will be encouraging as many AO Chapters as possible to go out into their own communities and give back in some way.
Each AO Chapter will be choosing their own way to serve their community On this very special day of giving back.
“Whatever they decide to do, they will be part of an army of soccer fans giving back to their community and making a huge impact.”
Justin Brunken, American Outlaws Co-Founder
Lionsraw and The American Outlaws will work together to build 26 soccer fields across the country. In partnership with Love.Futbol we will not only bring 26 soccer fields to 26 under-served communities of the United States, but we will hand ownership of these fields over to the people of the community and help to create a space for social sport programs and generate social enterprise.
If as expected, the 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the USA (with Canada & Mexico), we plan to build 26 soccer fields of various sizes in 26 different communities in the build up to the tournament. We will use the 2026 World Cup as a celebration and host viewing parties, soccer tournaments and celebrations on each of these fields throughout the tournament dates.
The American outlaws
The American Outlaws are an unofficial United States National Team Supporters Group dedicated to uniting and strengthening this country's fans - creating a loud, dedicated and passionate atmosphere at all games. Their mission is to support the United States National Teams through a unified and dedicated group of supporters.
Lionsraw mobilize football fans to make a difference by creating chances for change at home and away.
They seek to do this by recruiting and equipping football supporters to volunteer their time and/or money to local community projects or as part of specific Legacy Tours around major soccer tournaments.
A love.fútbol project inspires local leaders and creates momentum that can be channeled toward new endeavors and collaborations. They partner with organizations that use the power of soccer to engage youth from disadvantaged communities to address critical social issues such as poverty, disease, lack of education, gender inequality and much more.
love.fútbol partners with underserved communities to build simple soccer fields for youth without safe places to play.
How To Get Involved
Whether you are an Outlaws member or not, please fill out the information below and we will get in touch with you by email or phone as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can also go to the the American Outlaws website and search for your local chapter.