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Kansas City Current, Global FC win 2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award

Nationwide honors philanthropic partnership with $25,000 donation

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), in partnership with Nationwide, announced during halftime of the 2022 NWSL Championship featuring the Kansas City Current and the Portland Thorns that the Current and its community partner, Global FC, have been named the recipients of the 2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award.

In honor of the charitable collaboration, Nationwide presented a $25,000 donation to Global FC during an on-field recognition at Audi Field in Washington D.C. The Current becomes the second club recipient of the award which was first captured by OL Reign in the program’s inaugural 2021 campaign.

Originally created as a community development project to assist refugees during resettlement, Global FC uses soccer to bridge socioeconomic disparities between communities through the formation of an inclusive sports culture. The organization provides underserved youth with quality soccer opportunities and access to first-rate facilities, leagues and tournaments. To learn more about Global FC, or to donate to their cause, visit globalfutbol.org.

“Congratulations to the Kansas City Current and Global FC for earning the 2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award,” said Ramon Jones, Nationwide’s EVP and chief marketing officer. “Nationwide is proud to support the Current’s advocacy of Global FC’s mission to use soccer as a way to create a community of belonging for first generation immigrant and refugee youth.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with the KC Current and are humbled to receive this award,” said Mariya D. Goodbrake, Executive Director of Global FC. “Thank you on behalf of our resilient youth, and our extraordinary volunteers who carry our mission forward.”

As part of the league-wide initiative, each NWSL team partnered with Nationwide to select one season-long community partner. Each community organization received a $5,000 donation to support its program and serve as the focus of a team-led service project, with a designated player ambassador to champion the effort.

The 2022 Nationwide Community Impact partnerships and player ambassadors are celebrated in this video.