I am a big sports enthusiast, especially when it comes to baseball. I also love women’s soccer and am always excited about the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics. As we know, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Olympic Summer Games have been postponed but there has been a reason to cheer for women’s soccer! A new women’s soccer team will be coming, located in southern California.
Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman joined a group of 30 plus investors who bought the rights to bring a National Women’s Soccer League team to Los Angeles. The group includes notable actresses Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, America Ferrara, and Jessica Chastain, along with 12 women soccer players including Olympic Gold medalists Julie Foudy, Abby Wambuch, and Mia Hamm. Tennis star Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, are also part of the majority woman-founded group that will own the newest soccer team in the United States.
This is exciting news for me as it shows women are seeing the value and need of investing in other women and their future success. One of the biggest beliefs for my organization, Girl Scouts, is “Invest in Girls. Change the World.” We know we need to invest in girls and women when it comes to financial resources, educational resources, and, of course, our time and talent.
Portman has stated she believes the team and the city will elevate this women’s sport. She is quoted saying, "Sports are such a joyful way to bring people together, and this has the power to make tangible change for female athletes both in our community and in the professional sphere." Portman said her group is all about “reshaping expectations” and changing the status quo.
I agree, we must change the status quo. We need to invest in girls’ and women’s success if we want to make change in the world.