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NWSL, Nationwide Announce Nationwide Community Impact Award

September 9, 2021 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) News Release

CHICAGO -- The National Women's Soccer League, in partnership with Nationwide, announced today details around the Nationwide Community Impact Award, a season-long, community-focused initiative that will promote community partners and local service projects chosen and led by each NWSL club. The first annual Nationwide Impact Award will be presented at a postseason ceremony where one club and its partner will be recognized for their exemplary commitment off the field.

The platform, which will continue through the duration of Nationwide's partnership with the league, officially kicks off in September with appreciation games that will recognize each club's community partner during a home match.

"All of our clubs are situated within passionate, tight-knit communities, and it's important for our teams to give back to their cities and fanbases in meaningful ways," said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. "We're so excited to launch this incredible program and can't thank Nationwide enough for helping us serve our communities. We hope that through this project our teams can continue to leave a positive impact on their communities in more ways than one."

As part of the league-wide initiative, each team will partner with Nationwide to select one season-long community partner. Each community organization will receive a grant to support its program and serve as the focus of a team-led service project, with a designated player ambassador to champion the effort.

"Nationwide has a long history of aligning our values and our passion for community support to our sports partnerships. Creating this platform to showcase the great work being done in each of the NWSL club communities was a natural fit for us," said Ramon Jones, Nationwide's chief marketing officer. "We're excited to see each team-community partnership come to life - especially with the support of the player ambassadors - and we look forward to presenting the first Nationwide Community Impact Award later this year."

At the end of the season, one team-community partnership will be selected as the winner of the Nationwide Community Impact Award and their collective efforts will be honored during the 2021 NWSL Championship weekend in November. The winning community partner will receive a $20,000 donation from Nationwide to further the efforts of their program.

A full list of player ambassadors, community partners and appreciation nights can be found below.

Team Community Partner Player Ambassador Appreciation Night

Chicago Red Stars Share Our Spare Sarah Gorden Saturday, October 2

Houston Dash Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston Jamia Fields Sunday, October 17

Kansas City NWSL Kanbe's Market Darian Jenkins Saturday, October 2

NJ/NY Gotham FC Caresparc Community Connections Imani Dorsey Wednesday, October 6

North Carolina Courage A Place at the Table Jessica McDonald Sunday, September 12

OL Reign Black Future Co Op Fund Dani Weatherholt Sunday, September 26

Orlando Pride Mission Fund Ali Krieger Saturday, October 9

Portland Thorns FC Adelante Mujeres Rocky Rodriguez Saturday, October 30

Racing Louisville FC Dare to Care Food Bank Addisyn Merrick Friday, October 1

Washington Spirit The Youth Leadership Foundation Tori Huster Sunday, October 31

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