Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager among investors in the spirit of NWSL By Reuters

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By Amy Tennery (Reuters) – Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager are buying a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Washington Spirit, along with Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes, the team said on Wednesday. . The daughters of former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are among more than 30 people in the new pool of investors, which also includes former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. “Our group of investors reflects DC‘s political roots, sports heritage, international reach and thriving business and technology community,” said Devin Talbott, entrepreneur and member of the new investment group. “We share a common vision and a committed purpose to elevate women’s football.” Spirit’s assistant coach Briana Scurry, a former goalkeeper who helped the United States’ national soccer team win Olympic gold at the 1996 and 2004 Summer Games, as well as the 1999 World Cup, was also is among the team’s investors. She told Reuters that the investment group is a testament to the progress that women’s soccer has made in the United States, as the national team seeks to clinch Olympic gold in Tokyo, shortly after a fourth Cup title. of the world. “The NWSL, what it has come to represent, is a great promise, a great promise for women, a great promise for the youth of today, and I think that stems from the women’s national team, (who are) winners, inclusive, innovative, driven by leadership, “said Scurry. “All these things are interwoven.” Spirit owner Steve Baldwin told Reuters that the variety of skills and experience in the new pool of investors would help sharpen the franchise’s “player-centric” approach to acquiring and retaining top talent. “It was important that people not only write the check, but also commit to bringing their experience and talent to the mix to benefit the club,” said Baldwin. Stakeholders will align themselves with four recently implemented committees including strategy and development, community service, player experience and content, media and technology. The group joins a number of famous new investors in the league, including three-time Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who has become the owner of the North Carolina Courage, which won back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2019. NWSL announced in July that it had granted exclusive rights to bring a franchise to Los Angeles to a group of owners that includes 23-time tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams (NYSE 🙂 and Oscar winner Natalie Portman. Nicknamed “Angel City,” the Los Angeles team is the league’s 11th franchise. Tennis great Billie Jean King and Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn are also investors. The NWSL will return to action in April for the Challenge Cup tournament, before kicking off its 24-game regular season in May.

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