WSL stars Vivianne Miedema and Lisa Evans have become the latest members of Common Goal, the initiative where players donate 1% of their salary to charity to drive positive change.
Juan Mata was the very first player to join the Common Goal 2017, while Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Pernille Harder, Kadeisha Buchanan and Casey Stoney are among the biggest names from the women’s game who have already made the promise.
? | @VivianneMiedema & @ LisaEvans_17 join Common Goal!
From now on, @BarclaysFAWSL & the Netherlands’ top scorer and Scottish national team players will promise 1⃣% to help use the power of football to the greatest advantage.
A huge, massive, welcome to the team! #CommonGoal
Common goal (@CommonGoalOrg) 4 November 2021
Common Goal has created the first “systemic link” between professional football and community-based football organizations around the world. The money donated from player salaries goes to a central fund, which then allocates it to high-impact football organizations, which seek to harness the power of sport to achieve the UN’s global goals – including gender equality and high-quality education.
Arsenal striker Miedema, who is WSL’s leading scorer of all time, and Evans, who is on loan at West Ham from the Gunners this season, have now joined the cause.
“As much as money is needed to change things, I think the emotional connection will be just as important,” Miedema said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“It’s not just about donating the money, it’s more about who you are and how you want to help, choosing a project you want to be a part of. This is something we will try to grow,” she explained.
? “We must seize the opportunity to help people in need.” @ VivianneMiedema and @ LisaEvans_17 reveal their decision to join the social impact movement Common Goal in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports? pic.twitter.com/Hft0WYxtx9
– Sky Sports WSL (@SkySportsWSL) November 4, 2021
Evans revealed that she learned about Common Goal from some of her Scottish international teammates, while Miedema said that Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy also helped them get involved.
“Our platform, who we are, we must take the opportunity to help people who need it. We can show it and I think we are privileged to be able to do that, the Dutch star added.
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