Mystics Wear Orange
Friday, June 2, 2023 | vs. Dallas Wings 7pm
Join us for a very special game on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. We #WearOrange to honor the thousands of people in America whose lives are taken or forever changed by gun violence every year in this country. All fans in attendance will receive a Mystics Wear Orange LED bracelet to help us turn the arena orange during special moments. We also ask that all fans wear the color orange to the game.
Mystics to Honor Moms Demand Action Founder
The Mystics will honor Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts at halftime of our June 2 game. Ten years ago, in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Watts started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. That online conversation grew into what is now the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence. Today, Moms Demand Action has a chapter in every state and more than 700 local groups across the country, and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly 10 million supporters. The recognition of Watts and the work of Moms Demand Action will take place at halftime.
Why We Wear Orange
Every day in America, more than 120 people are killed with guns, and more than 200 are shot and wounded with a gun. Since the 2019 season, the Mystics have partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety Fund to hold a Wear Orange game honoring the survivors of gun violence and demonstrating our collective power to end gun violence. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15. Wear Orange is now observed nationally on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year. Learn more and find more ways to [WearOrange.org]get involved.
Ways to Take Action
In 2022, the Washington Mystics, Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, Commanders, Spirit, United, and D.C. Shadow announced an initial donation of more than $85,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety to support Everytown for Gun Safety’s Community Safety Fund, providing direct investment, peer convenings and capacity building to community-based violence intervention programs. You can take action towards ending gun violence and directly impact community-based violence intervention programs by donating, volunteering your time, or participating in Wear Orange weekend. In 2023, we teamed up with the other Washington professional sports teams again, to pledge an initial donation of $100,000 to local non-profit Peace For DC with additional ways for members of the public to contribute.
Volunteer with Moms Demand Action