Game Changers United

Game Changers United’s Mission is to Create a Place Where Every Individual is Welcomed, Respected, and Valued within the U.S. Soccer Ecosystem

The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced the creation of Game Changers United (GCU), a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Advisory Council which will work alongside the Federation to assist in its commitment to break down barriers and create a place where every individual is welcomed, respected, and valued within the entire U.S. Soccer ecosystem.

Created to provide U.S. Soccer with valuable insight, advice and direction on its current DEIB efforts, Game Changers United consists of members with diverse backgrounds across various industries. The members were selected based on their knowledge and years of experience, as well as their commitment and leadership toward advancing DEIB.

The members include former National Team players Cobi Jones, Steven Bohlemann and Lori Lindsey, along with Dr. Terri Cooper, Robbie Rogers, Ricardo Fort, Kenneth Shropshire, Jacqie McWilliams, Aimee Hoyt, and Jay Vickers. For more information on each candidate, see their bios below.

“We are excited to have such a diverse group of people join us in our overall mission to make diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging a true part of U.S. Soccer’s DNA,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone. “While we’ve taken steps in the DEIB space, we know we have much more to do and these individuals will help guide us forward and act as a change agent by challenging the status quo and championing DEIB principles and practices. The advisory council knows that the strength of the Federation is in its differences, and we need to lean into that opportunity to create real impact at U.S. Soccer.”

Game Changers United will meet quarterly to discuss strategic initiatives to help reduce barriers in the advancement of DEIB across all levels of the game in the United States. The advisory council will identify necessary actions and make recommendations to U.S. Soccer leadership and staff to ensure the Federation continues to lead and drive DEIB initiatives internally, and across the entire U.S. Soccer landscape.

In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, U.S. Soccer established the One Nation initiative, recognizing the power of soccer to unify the nation and the importance of fostering a community that is welcoming and supportive to all. The initiative has grown into one of the Federation’s social responsibility platforms through which U.S. Soccer develops and delivers soccer programs, community activities, and national conversations advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). In its inaugural year, One Nation programs have included:

  • Coach for Community – A free coaching education opportunity in underserved areas
  • Community Youth Programs, Presented by Allstate – Career panels for diverse high school classes to learn more about opportunities in the sports industry
  • Game Day Ambassadors – Recognition of DEIB change-makers in communities where National Team matches have been held

In November 2021, U.S. Soccer also launched the One Nation Fund, a first-of-its-kind philanthropic home for supporters who want to champion a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community. The new One Nation (DEIB) Fund will provide an opportunity for supporters to actively build a more inclusive soccer community, and provide U.S. Soccer with critical resources to accelerate DEIB efforts.

In December 2021, U.S. Soccer named USWNT and NY/NY Gotham FC defender Imani Dorsey as the first recipient of the One Nation. Social Impact award, which honors a player from U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs for their off-field contributions creating a positive impact in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Dorsey earned the award for her work with the Black Women’s Player Collective (BWPC), whose mission is to advance opportunities for Black girls in sport and beyond.

In 2022, U.S. Soccer launched the Kim Crabbe Awards to recognize a member of the soccer community who has made a lasting impact in the areas of DEIB in a creative way while fostering long-term sustainability for the future of soccer. The award is named after former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kim Crabbe, a pioneer in women’s soccer and the first African American woman to play for the USWNT in 1986. Janeicia Neely won the inaugural Kim Crabbe Game Changers Award for her work as the Executive Director for The 18th Ward, where she designs and manages 12 different youth development programs and leads the organization’s efforts. In 2023, the program created over 4,000 opportunities for youth players.

The advisory council members are:

steven bohlemann

Player of U.S. Men’s CP National Team from 2016-2021, including honor of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Bohlemann works as a Site Leader for RTX under Collins Aerospace. He serves on the DE&I Board as the PRIDE leader where he recently initiated a PRIDE chapter led by manufacturing workers at a site in Alabama. RTX has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign consistently with 100% score. He leads initiatives about opening to learning and belonging through his humility of sharing his journey both professionally as a gay soccer player and gay engineering leader who also manages consequences of his traumatic brain injury. He is on the U.S. Soccer Athletes Council and Independent Ethics Committee and focuses on disability initiatives.




Dr. Cooper serves as the Vice Chair of External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Deloitte, where she focuses on external brand and driving market facing efforts while creating an inclusive culture. Previously, she served as Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer and has spent more than two decades in leadership and strategic advisory roles in the life sciences and health care industries, while also spending eight years in the pharmaceutical industry.




A global marketer with 26 years of work experience across several continents, Fort has a successful track record in restructuring organizations and building diverse teams while also negotiating and managing high-profile sponsorship deals for some of the biggest brands in the world, including The Coca-Cola Company, Visa, Kellogg’s, and more. A native of Brazil, in 2021 Fort founded Sport by Fort Consulting, a consultancy firm which helps investors, sponsors, rightsholders, and athletes build the right sports partnerships.




As Chief People Officer at Illumina since 2018, Hoyt has set out to elevate the company’s culture and people practices in ways that make them innovative and personalized. Under Hoyt’s leadership in the Human Resources department, Illumina has been recognized with honors such as two consecutive top scores of 100% on The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, three consecutive years of inclusion on the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, being named one of America’s Most JUST Companies by Forbes and JUST Capital, and inclusion on Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies as a company that cares about being a good citizen and giving back to the communities in which it operates.




A former player and current commentator and analyst, Jones brings a wealth of experience from a male player perspective after amassing 334 professional appearances, predominantly with the LA Galaxy, where he made 306 appearances and scored 70 goals from 1996-2007. The Detroit, Michigan native also tallied 15 goals in 164 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and earned U.S. Soccer Player of the Year honors in 1998. Jones is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors as well as an investor and part owner of Angel City FC.


lori lindsey


Lori Lindsey is a match analyst for MLS Season Pass. She is also the lead analyst for NWSL on CBS. She has also worked for ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC as analyst for the 2022 Women’s European Championship and 2020 Olympic Games. She played 14 professional seasons and was a member of the U.S. women’s national team that played in the 2011 FIFA World Cup and helped the team to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Lindsey is one of only five players to have played in all three women’s professional leagues. This summer she will be one of the lead analysts for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.


Jacqie McWilliams


Jacqie McWilliams Parker has served as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner for 11 years and has worked for the CIAA for a total of 16 years. She is the Co-Founder/CEO of Sudden Change LLC. Although she is the first female to serve as Commissioner for the CIAA and first appointed African American female Commissioner representing NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) Division I, II and III, she is pleased there are currently four additional Black women serving as commissioner for representation at every level.


robbie rogers


A former professional player and current TV producer, Rogers enjoyed a career that spanned 12 years from 2005-2017 during which he was a prominent figure in Major League Soccer, tallying 106 appearances for the Columbus Crew and 78 for the LA Galaxy first team. In 2013, Rogers became the first openly gay man to play in a top North American sports league and in 2014 he became the first openly gay man to win a major sports championship after lifting the MLS Cup with the Galaxy.


Kenneth L. Shropshire


Professor Shropshire has worked with numerous sports entities, from professional leagues to professional athletes. He currently shares his sports business expertise through his 12 books, podcasts, and other media. The breadth of his work has covered a wide range of topics including stadium and arena construction, sponsorship valuation, DEI issues, sports agency, boxing and sport for development. He also serves as an advisor and on public boards, including as Lead Director Moelis & Company and a director at the Goal Acquisitions SPAC. His advisory clients include the NFL, Overtime Elite, Altius Sports Partners, Arctos Sports Partners, the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the USOPC.




A former Division 1 football player at Notre Dame from 1996-2000, Vickers has spent over 15 years of his professional career as an Athletic Administrator in the higher education industry, helping student-athletes reach their fullest potential. He currently serves as Chief Business & Revenue Officer at UNLV Sports & Research Initiative, and brings a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as well as experience working in nonprofit organizations, budgeting, sales, event management, and team building.