Jun 26, 2020
Tulsa Athletic, which is a part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), announced on Thursday that the team would instead play Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at all of its home matches. A press release issued on the Tulsa Athletic website said the club made the decision in the interest of inclusion and that the National Anthem is at odds with the organization's core values. "Tulsa Athletic's mission is to create an inclusive community through the game of soccer," the team said. "After carefully reviewing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions 'No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave...,' Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not align with the club's core values."