Forbes’ Highest-Paid Female Athlete in 2020, Naomi Osaka has become an investor in the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the team revealed on Thursday.
Naomi Osaka joins Serena Williams as prominent tennis players involved in NWSL teams. Williams is part of a groupan expansion franchise in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman and Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, are among the many other people involved with the bid.
The 23-year-old who is preparing to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open revealed that the move to invest in a women’s soccer team is to honor all the women who have invested in her as a woman and a sportsperson.
The women who have invested in me growing up made me who I am today and I cannot think of where my life would be without themAdvertisement
My investment in the North Carolina Courage is far beyond just being a team owner. It’s an investment in amazing women who are role models and leaders in their fields and inspirations to all young female athletes.I also admire everything the Courage does for diversity and equality in the community, which I greatly look forward to supporting and driving forward.
Three-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka is the first investor in the Courage since team chairman Steve Malik acquired and relocated them to North Carolina in 2017, according to a news release.
Malik said in a statement that he was “thrilled” to welcome her as owner.
Naomi embodies the values we have been striving to cultivate at our club, and she brings an invaluable viewpoint on topics beyond sports,” he said. “I cannot think of anyone better to help us as we continue to make a difference in our community and inspire the next generation of women.
Naomi Osaka made headlines during her last run in the US Open, using the platform prominently in 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
She wore seven different face masks bearing the names of victims of racial injustice honoring Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Philando Castile.