Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager join investors in Washington Spirit ownership group
Former White House residents Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager are among the group investing in ownership of National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Washington Spirit, the team said Wednesday.
A press release from the Spirit included Clinton and Bush Hager’s names among more than a dozen investors joining the team’s ownership group, which also includes Estee Portnoy, business manager for NBA legend Michael Jordan; former White House spokesman Jay Carney; and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes.
“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, the managing partner of the team.
“Our club has big ambitions globally. With an eye to expanding the Spirit fan base, building on the team’s current footballing success, and capitalizing on the entrepreneurial intersection of technology and sports entertainment,” he added.
The team previously became the subject of some controversy in 2016 when it took action to prevent Megan Rapinoe, a member of the U.S. national team, from kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the team said at the time.
Other NWSL teams have also gained high-profile celebrity owners in recent years, most notably the league’s newest team, the Los Angeles-based Angel City FC, which announced last year the involvement of actresses Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, Eva Longoria and Jessica Chastain.
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