In recognition of Black History Month, Toronto FC normal manager Ali Curtis opened up about his expertise as the one Black normal manager in MLS in a video launched Saturday on the membership’s official YouTube Channel.
Curtis has been Toronto’s GM since 2019 after beforehand working because the sporting director for the New York Red Bulls. In Saturday’s video, Curtis talks about his perspective as one of many few Black entrance workplace executives within the sports world.
“Sure, I am cognizant of my pores and skin shade, whether or not that is within the board room or that is just form of outside within the grocery retailer, nevertheless it’s OK and I am so lucky that I am surrounded by really, really good individuals on this group that view me for me,” Curtis said. “I feel that myself and everybody else out there, all of us no matter gender or pores and skin shade, all of us need the identical factor: All of us wish to have happiness in our lives, we would like to have the ability to do our jobs to the best of our skills, we would like our children to have a very good training and be happy and to have the ability to try to realize all of their goals and goals.
“So that provides for me quite a lot of inspiration and motivation to maintain working hard and doing the best that I can such that I can’t solely do that for myself, however I can do that for my children, I can do that for all of the those that I contact and I am round and hopefully 20 years from now all of us look back and we see that we have been a part of one thing very, very particular and then as we take a look at the table that we’re now not sitting at, there are much more those that perhaps appear like us.”
Watch the entire section with Curtis beneath.