AS Roma and Jamaica Women's National Team defender Allyson Swaby recently became the latest member to join Common Goal and pledges 1% of her earnings to Soccer Without Borders Boston. "For me, it's about accountability, personal accountability," said Allyson. "Much of my character comes from what I've learned through football: being able to work towards a greater goal, being selfless in working for others in mind."
She went on to describe how, "it (SWB Boston) is only an hour and a half from me (her hometown of Hartford, Connecticut) so when I'm home I'll be able to get involved in other ways, to somewhere where I have a deep connection."
"What football offers is a sense of community. I think everyone should know what it feels like to be part of something bigger than themselves" said Allyson. "Growing up, I've had a lot of help along the way, and not always people who were into football but those who saw my passion and decided I was somebody worth supporting. I want to make sure that I'm able to make an impact where and when I can. Just like those who impacted me."
Having recently starred in the 2019 Women's World Cup with Jamaica, Allyson was a part of the first Jamaican women's team to sign contracts with its federation. However, the promise was not honored and the players were not paid. In response, Allyson and her teammates took a stand for the rights of women in football and vowed to not train or play until the situation is resolved.
Allyson also recently spoke out about the challenges she has faced throughout her life with racial discrimination, and described how ultimately when facing these exclusionary ideas, "the most important thing people can do right now is educate themselves on how the black community is being oppressed."
For more about Allyson's journey promoting gender and racial equality on and off the field, please read the full Common Goal article here>>
We are excited to welcome Allyson to the SWB Team!