Equality Texas has been fighting to secure full and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans in all areas of the law for nearly 35 years. We have been committed to this work despite a hostile landscape because we have the power of our community—a community that shows up, speaks out, and pushes back no matter how hard things can be. Every time we are knocked down, we get back up and create new plans, new ways to fight. This year we want all Texans to know that Texas has always been queer. And that won’t ever change. As a result of your generosity at the gala, $362,031 has been raised to support this important work. While the evening’s celebration is over, our work is only just beginning.
In the second Laundry Project in Austin this year, Stuver was joined by over 30 volunteers from the Austin FC community to help 179 families do over 1500 loads of clean clothes. A special thank you to the Texas One Fund and the awesome University of Texas student athletes who joined us for the first time. Since starting the Laundry Project days in Austin, Stuver and crew have helped over 1060 Austin families do more than 7000 loads of clean clothes.
Stuver had the honor to announce the 4ATX Leyendita of the Year award at this years 4ATX Gala, showcasing the amazing work being done throughout the year by Austin FC's nonprofit arm. The Leyendita award is given to a young person in 4ATX programs who has shown exceptional leadership skills and dedication to helping those around them.
For the second year in a row, Stuver teamed up with HopSquad Brewing Company and the Bobby Jones CSF to fundraise and raise awareness for rare neurological disorders like chiari and syringomyelia. Through a cornhole tournament and silent auction they were able to raise nearly $10,000 to the organization.
As part of a shared mission to provide opportunities for underserved schools and Central Texas youth, Austin FC’s nonprofit arm 4ATX Foundation and the Club’s founding partner St. David’s HealthCare will provide free soccer clinics to students ages 7-11. Children will have the chance to learn from a professional soccer coach, meet Austin FC players, and leave with their very own soccer ball. This will be the program’s third year providing clinics. Stuver got to join in on the fun and kick the ball around with hundreds of campers.
On Friday, September 8, the Austin FC Grounds Team, 4ATX Foundation staff and Tellus Equipment Solution staff lined and painted fields, assembled benches, repainted goalposts, and picked up trash ahead of East Austin Soccer Club’s upcoming season. Austin FC players Brad Stuver and Damian Las also joined the efforts.
During the latest winter storms of 2023, the field sign of East Austin Soccer Club was destroyed. Together, Austin FC, the Club’s nonprofit arm 4ATX Foundation, and partner Tellus Equipment Solutions donated a new sign and provided support to the fields for another year through mowing, line painting and equipment donations. Tellus also provided landscaping equipment to manicure the pitch.
Austin FC and Milton Sleep Co., the Club’s official sleep partner, teamed up to donate to Austin-based nonprofit Foster Angels of Central Texas. Milton, with the help of Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver, delivered new mattresses to Foster Angels. Austin FC’s partnership with Milton includes the Milton Clean Sheet donation program. For every clean sheet (opposing team shutout) Austin FC has in 2023, Milton Sleep Co. will donate 10 Milton Mattresses to Foster Angels of Central Texas. A total of 60 mattresses were donated during the 2023 season.
“KUT Considers” is a quarterly series facilitating community conversations around a range of topics – from current events to culture. KUT’s Jimmy Maas and Juan Garcia hosted a fun conversation about the business, sport and charity facets of the club with some of the people who make it happen, including Austin FC Vice President of Community Impact Trennis Jones, goalie Brad Stuver and Austin musician Mélat.
The Audi Goals Drive Progress program is bringing an impact off the pitch by financially supporting and spotlighting community initiatives championed by MLS athletes. Throughout the season, the “Celebrating Impact” content series will embrace leaders across the league whose dedication to charitable efforts and social impact work create sustainable communities, foster equity and inclusion, and enrich the lives of those in need. MLS players Zac MacMath, Brad Stuver and Steve Birnbaum are celebrated for their involvement with their inclusive community work projects through the Audi Goals Drive Progress program.
This year marked the 8th annual Austin Soccer Foundation Gala, which convenes Austin’s amazing soccer community for a night of celebration that highlights achievements of Austin’s youth soccer players, coaches and referees, and honors leaders who have made significant and sustained contributions to the growth and development of the beautiful game. Brad and Ashley Stuver were Co-Chairs of this event where they helped award scholarships to local youth soccer players and referees and presenting the Lifetime of Achievement Award to UT Women's Soccer Head Coach, Angela Kelly.
Stuver joined Austin FC as they hosted the second edition of the Y’all Means All Cup Presented by Lexus, an indoor co-ed soccer tournament at The Crossover in Leander. Proceeds of the single-day tournament benefitted the LGBT Chamber Education Fund.
The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Education Fund is a 501c(3) organization that awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, strong academic abilities and involvement in school and community organizations.
For the second year in a row, Stuver partnered with Equality Texas and Avow to raise money for the two organizations by raffling off the chance to score a penalty kick on the goalkeeper. The event was a chance to raise awareness about the attacks on reproductive rights and the LGBTQIA+ community in the Texas legislature as well as at the Supreme Court level. With over 150 people turning out and 75 people trying their luck taking shots at Stuver, this event is continuing to grow and getting more people involved in the fight for equality.
Audi of America, Major League Soccer and The Players’ Tribune today announced that Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver will be featured in the “Celebrating Impact” content series for his demonstration of excellence in driving progress in his community.
Working directly with Stuver to spotlight causes that are important to him, content will be unveiled through written, video, and social across The Players’ Tribune’s channels, amplifying the power of Stuver’s voice and raising awareness for Engage Current - The Laundry Project, Equality Texas and Athlete Ally.
In the first Laundry Project in Austin this year, Stuver was joined by over 40+ volunteers from the Austin FC community to help 324 families do over 2000 loads of clean clothes. A special shoutout to Covert Ford and The Coon Family Foundation for their generous donations to make these projects a reality. The next Austin Laundry Project will be on October 15, 2023.
Stuver teamed up with several of the Austin FC supporters groups to collect laundry supplies in anticipation of the Austin Laundry Project day on April 16. The Fighting Leslies Drinking Club brought in over $1000 worth of product to be divided between the four locations on project day. Between gathering supplies, garnering monetary donations and drinking some verde beverages, guests also got to take pictures with Stuver and the Copa Tejas trophy that Austin FC won during the 2022 MLS Season having the best point total versus their in-state rivals (FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo).
Amplify Austin is a 24 hour period of giving started under the mantra "I Live Here, I Give Here". It highlights the amazing work of some of the most prominent non-profits in the Austin area. Stuver and the Austin Steering Committee of Equality Texas held a kickoff event at HopSquad Brewing Company. There were raffles, drinking and an intense FIFA tournament where the winner won an authentic 2023 Austin FC Home Jersey. This year Equality Texas was able to fundraise over $20,000 during Amplify. If you would like to learn more about the Austin Steering Committee and future Equality Texas events send a message on our contact page.