Naomi Osaka becomes football team owner

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The US Tennis Open reigning champion Naomi Osaka took it to the socials to announce that she’s the new co-owner of the North Carolina Courage women’s professional soccer team.

The Japanese tennis superstar was named Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete in 2020. Naomi is now showing her commitment to inspiring the next generation of female athletes by investing her time and money into one of the best women’s professional soccer teams in the world.

“The women who have invested in me growing up made me who I am today, I don’t know where I would be without them. Throughout my career I’ve always received so much love from my fellow female athletes so that’s why I am proud to share that I am now an owner of the North Carolina Courage,” said the three-time Grand Slam Champion.

“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.”

Chairman of the North Carolina Courage Steve Malik says he’s thrilled to welcome Naomi as an owner of the club and looking forward to working with the 23-year-old professional tennis player.

“Naomi embodies the values we have been striving to cultivate at our club, and she brings an invaluable viewpoint on topics beyond sports. 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,” adds the chairman.

The club president and general manager also revealed that: “Naomi is the perfect fit as an owner because her values sync so well with our club. A team with an exemplary and trailblazing roster of world-class professional athletes supported by a globally influential icon is a seminal moment for our sport and the Courage organization.”

On the other hand, the team put it on record that they’re looking forward to harnessing Naomi’s passion and talent for fashion, with plans to incorporate the tennis star into its design decisions in 2021.

By Mauwane Raophala

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