Heading into the 2021 season, women’s soccer team, the Washington Spirit looks to continue its growth off the field. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the team announced a new group of investors had joined the organization.
The investor group includes Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Estee Portnoy, Briana Scurry, Dominique Dawes, Assia Grazioli-Venier, Razmig Hovaghimian, Matt Hong, Tom Daschle, Claire Shipman, Mary Mochary, Suzanne Niedland, and Devin Talbott, lead investor.
“It is fitting that the Washington Spirit have an investor group commensurate with the dynamism and diversity of DC and its place as the most powerful city in the world,” said Steve Baldwin, Spirit Managing Partner. “As the 2021 season rapidly approaches, our fans will learn more about how this group came together, hear directly from new investors on their excitement to join us, and our plans for the future.”
The investor group consists of two former first daughters (Clinton and Bush Hager), former Olympic gymnast (Dawes), former World Cup goaltender (Curry) and former United States senator (Daschle).
“Our investor group reflects DC’s political roots, sports legacy, international reach, and thriving business and technology community. We share a common vision and committed purpose to elevate women’s soccer, both for Washington Spirit players and the young girls pursuing their passions on the pitch and beyond,” added Devin Talbott.
This past year, the National Women’s Soccer League has seen an increase in celebrity investors, with tennis star Naomi Osaka becoming part-owner of the North Carolina Courage and an investor group, consisting of Serena Williams, Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain and much more, starting a franchise in Los Angeles.
The NWSL is scheduled to kickoff the 2021 season on April 9 for the Challenge Cup tournament, before starting a 24-match regular season on May 15. Game times and opponents have yet to be announced.
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