Representatives from Chelsea FC will join a delegation from the New England Revolution to take part in the March of the Living in Poland next month, the latest activity in our Say No To Antisemitism campaign which launched in 2018.
The March of the Living is an annual event which brings people from around the world to explore the history of the Holocaust, with thousands marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp complex built during World War II.
The participation in the March on May 2 will be the latest activity in a continuing series of commitments both clubs have made as part of a joint effort between club owners Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft to harness the power of sport to combat antisemitism and discrimination around the world.
Last year, Chelsea became the first Premier League club to send a delegation to the March of the Living (pictured top). This year we will be joined by the Revolution whose participation will represent the first appearance by a US team.
Taking part in events marking the March this year are Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum, CEO Guy Laurence, former manager Avram Grant and Olympic legend and Blues fan Sir Steve Redgrave. Participants from the Revolution include President Brian Bilello and club ambassador Charlie Davies.
Eugene Tenenbaum said: ‘Chelsea is honoured to participate in the March of the Living for the second year in a row.
‘We started this initiative to raise awareness of and tackle antisemitism in all its forms more than a year ago, and sharing this experience of paying our respects to the millions of Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust with members of the New England Revolution goes a long way in spreading the message of unity and tolerance.’
The March is designed to contrast starkly with the death marches that occurred towards the end of the war. Since its inception in 1988, more than 260,000 individuals from 52 countries have marched down the same three kilometre path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a tribute to all victims of the Holocaust.
Just days after the march, Chelsea and the Revolution will meet again in Boston to compete in the charity match, ‘The Final Whistle on Hate,’ which will be played on Wednesday 15 May. Click for ticket information.
All proceeds will go towards raising funds for projects promoting equality and tolerance.