Thorns, OL Reign, Red Stars raise money in memory of Katie Meyer


OL Reign, the Chicago Red Stars and the Portland Thorns are honoring the legacy of Katie Meyer through a pre-season fundraiser, with each team committed to donating money throughout a tournament hosted by the Thorns. The donations will go to Lines for Life in an effort to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention.

Each team will donate $100 per goal, $100 per save and $250 per shutout. Additionally, the Thorns’ club partner Providence Health & Services will be donating $2,500 to the cause.

Meyer, a goalkeeper and captain on the Stanford women’s soccer team, died last Tuesday in a campus residence at 22 years old. Following a Santa Clara County medical examiner ruling her death as self-inflicted, Meyer’s parents confirmed that she died by suicide.

Other teams have been honoring Meyer, with the Stanford women’s basketball team wearing Stanford soccer warm-up shirts as well as wristbands with her initials and jersey number prior to their first game of the Pac-12 tournament.

Additionally, showings of support have come from around the NWSL during preseason matches.