In an historic moment in LGBT sports, Oregon-based athletics giants Nike, Inc. and Adidas have both agreed to sponsor the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship, an international LGBTQ soccer tournament taking place in Portland this summer.
It’s rare to see the three stripes and the swoosh on the same program, in the same stadium, or at the same event — but this tournament, this year, is a little different.
“We are thrilled that Nike and Adidas are both at the table for the LGBTQ community, for the nonprofit sports community, and for soccer here in Portland,” said Max Wedding, Co-Chair of the tournament’s host committee and board member at the Portland Netrippers Football Club, a soccer club for Portland’s LGBTQ community and their friends.
“It just shows how sport and community can bring people together. This is a proud day for Portland.”
The tournament, which brings together roughly 400 LGBTQ athletes from around the world every year, will take place in Portland August 6-13. Read more about game schedules and events here.