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1868's Richards using soccer to raise awareness against sexual violence

Brent Richards is basing his donations to TacklingConsent.org off of the games he starts, team wins, and team shutouts.

A lot of people have causes they believe in, but Reno 1868 player Brent Richards is putting his money where his mouth is.

"I'm just trying to get people to start talking about it and hopefully make some positive change," said Richards of his efforts.

He garnered a fair amount of attention this past weekend after he sent this tweet out after his team defeated the Portland TImbers FC 2 2-0.

Richards picks up the story from there.

"What it is is TacklingConsent.org and it's a few professional athletes who are trying to contribute to sexual violence against women. It starts with contributing money to this other organization called ReThink.org. They're trying to educate young men, young boys on how we talk about women with each other and how we talk with women."

His Head Coach Ian Russell is hardly surprised that Richards is using his platform to do something more.

"Brent's a great guy," said Russell. "I remember when I was signing him, I called his college coach Jamie Clark at University of Washington and he said, 'You're not going to find a better person off the field.' And he's been completely right."

The Portland native has bigger goals beyond himself, as he wants to get the team involved.

"I've talked to a few guys about it and everybody's behind it. They think it's a great cause. I think everybody should respect women. That's something that's easy to do so I'm hoping I can get a few more guys on board."

And why does he think it's so important for athletes to get on board with this initiative?

Well, he has some pretty compelling reasons.

"It starts with us. It starts with things like locker room talk so to speak. We're role models for people in the community. For young kids and people our age as well. If we're out there talking about it, trying to do right, then I think other people are going to see that and I think it's going to cause a chain reaction."

If you'd like to help out the cause, fans can also participate by matching their favorite players donations each week. Just go to TacklingConsent.org to sign up.

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