Black Players for Change (BPC) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization consisting of over 170+ Black players, coaches and staff of MLS, working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society. BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have limited Black people from having an equitable stake in the game of soccer and society. Among the many goals, the organization strives to advance the attention on human rights inequalities from protest to programs, partnerships, and policies that address systemic discrimination.


Solidarity Demonstration

On July 8th, 2020 170+ Major Leagues Soccer players, coaches and staff came together before the start of the #mlsisback tournament to stand together in solidarity in their fight against racial injustices Black Americans face across the states. This demonstration would reverberate throughout global news during the Coronavirus lockdown and inspire other individuals of color and/or African descent to voice their injustices and create unions and organizations around creating a more equitable stake for all. 


BPC Origin

June 19th, 2020 Twelve founding Executive Board members along with 65 founding members formally announced the formation of Black Players For Change (BPC) The first Black Player lead organization in soccer history.

Time Line of Key Events

  • June 19th, 2020 Announcing the first ever Black Coalition of MLS.
  • BPC Solidarity Demonstration
  • BPC Partners with US Soccer Foundation and Musco Lighting More Than $1.8 million pledge.
  • The National Basketball Players Association and BPC Team Up for Joint PSA.
  • MLS unveils steps to combat racism and increase Black representation Formation of Pitch Black
  • MLSPA, BBPC and SCORE Announce Partnership.
  • Black Women’s Player Collective Joins BPC, Adidas, Musco Lighting, and the U.S.S.F. in the Creation of 12 New Mini-Pitches.
  • MLS Names Sola Winley Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
  • SCORE announces the Clive Charles Diversity Hiring initiative
  • June 19th, 2021 BPC, BWPC,Black Players Alliance of the USL and Independent Supporters Council Celebrate 1 Year Anniversary Of Organization and Juneteenth
  • MLS X BPC Jersey Collaboration
  • Sean Johnson MLS Cup MVP
  • MLS announces updates and enhancements to Diversity Hiring Policy
  • BPC Election of Key Officials
  • Lauched BPC Action Fund
  • Freedom To Be Juneteenth
  • The Cook Out Juneteenth
  • Fafa Picault Sings Black National Anthem
  • The All American: The Power of Sports | National Archives

Founding Members


Quincy Amarikwa – Founder & Executive Director 

Justin Morrow – Co – Founder & BPC Legacy

Earl Edwards Jr.  Co-Founder & President

Jeremy Ebobisse – Co-Founder & Vice President 

Founding Members


Sean Johnson – Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Jalil Anibaba – Co-Founder & Treasurer 

Ike Opara – Co-Founder & BPC Legacy

Kendall Watson – Co-Founder & BPC Legacy

Founding Members


Kei Kamara – Co-Founder & BPC Legacy

Bill Hamid – Co-Founder

Cj Sapong – Co-Founder

Ray Gaddis – Co-Founder

2023 Board Members


Earl Edwards Jr. – President

Jeremy EbobisseVice President

Drake CallenderSecretary

Jalil AnibabaTreasurer

Quincy Amarikwa – Executive Director

2023 Board Members


Sean Johnson Director of Operations 

Ray Gaddis Board Member

Bill HamidBoard Member

Cj SapongBoard Member

Jacori HayesBoard Member

Quincy AmarikwaFounder & Executive Director

Joined the Executive Board because he was motivated to continue to invest his time in collaboration with his peers of Black professionals to make a meaningful impact. He was originally brought on to help lead in the building of the organization’s culture, structure & SOP’s as the interim Executive Director. His role has since shifted to focus on the development of strategic partnerships and fundraising for the organization’s mission and initiatives. As well as an advisory role to all Executive Board members.

Earl Edwards Jr. – President

Joined the executive board to help lead black players in the fight against systemic racism. Leads conversations with the MLSPA, and contributes to negotiations regarding partnerships and funding.

Jeremy EbobisseVice President

Joined the BPC to help highlight and collaborate with existing nonprofits in leading institutions to overhaul their outdated, inequitable practices in our communities. To bridge a gap in understanding between club staff and Black players. He fosters dialogue and educative initiatives, in order to allow Black players to be expressive while also being recognized for the full potential of their character, beyond simply their athletic ability.

Sean Johnson – Co-Founder & Board Member

Joined the executive board to help create and establish a sustainable organization that amplifies our black voices to bring about real change. As a board member, I will bring my experiences through life and the years I’ve spent in MLS and use them to continue moving our organization in the right direction.

Ray Gaddis – Co-Founder & Board Member

Joined the BPC to empower former, present, and future black players on pressing matters affecting the black community. He plays a key role in planning initiatives and forging strategic partnerships.


  • Luke Fedlam – Legal Affairs,began working with BPC in 2020
  • Rodney Knox, Public Relations, began working with BPC in 2020
  • Sirena Amarikwa, Director or Brand, Digital Media, began working with BPC in 2020

Contact Information 

General Outreach contact@blackplayersforchange.org

President, Earl Edwards Jr.  eedwards@blackplayersforchange.org

Vice President, Jeremy Ebobisse  jebobisse@blackplayersforchange.org

Executive Director, Quincy Amarikwa  qamarikwa@blackplayersforchange.org

Public Relations, Rodney Knox rknox@blackplayersforchange.org

Director of Brand and Digital Strategy, Sirena Amarikwa sirena@blackplayersforchange.org

BPC Member Business

Bill Hamid



Kofi Sarkodie



Darnell King /James Musa

Phx soccer camps

Bill Hamid



Kofi Sarkodie



Darnell King /James Musa

Phx soccer camps

Quincy Amarikwa

Perfect Soccer

Juan Sebastian Agudelo


Tesho Akindale

Real Estate

DJ Taylor

Sebastian Elney
Serendipity Studio

Warren Creavalle

Michael Azira

Azira Michael Youth Foundation


Kei Kamara

Heart Shaped Hands

Quincy Amarikwa

Leverage Investment

Quincy Amarikwa

EvolveNFTs Web3 Locker Room

CJ Sapong

The Sacred Seeds


Quincy Amarikwa


Ashtone Morgan
Sonndr Cafe

Sebastian Igbeagha