It certainly has been a year of firsts for the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club: first game, first win, first time figuring out how to navigate a global pandemic. 2020 has been busy.
“I believe we were the last professional sporting event to happen in Washington state before the shutdown on March 11,” said Chief Commercial Officer Pete Thuresson.
The realities of figuring out a safe return to play for their team, staff and fans has always been a part of the last few months while the Loyal has remained fully committed to making their impact felt in the community. They partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital to both raise $75,000 for the hospital’s COVID-19 efforts and develop extensive protocol to ensure the safety of their team and staff.
“We have amazing ownership. Not a single employee has been furloughed so that we can continue working hard on moving forward on whatever is needed,” commented Thuresson.
The Loyal also worked with Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank to provide more than 30,000 meals to people in need during this crisis.
Thuresson and his staff have also come up with some more creative ways to spread a little sports love.
“We have given out about 10,000 items to local restaurants for them to include in their take out and delivery as just a way for us to say thank you for supporting local businesses,” said Thuresson.
The items include unused giveaways from cancelled games and other promotional material.
The Loyal restarted their season on July 11. For information on how to watch the Loyal, visit https://www.sdloyal.com/2020-schedule