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NWSL soccer gives back to communities that support them

2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award honors National Women’s Soccer League community partners

Fans know the top United States women soccer players spend a lot of time working on their craft. What supporters may not realize is that when their favorite players aren't on the pitch, they are in their communities making a difference. Throughout the 2022 season, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), in partnership with Nationwide, will be honoring those efforts as part of the 2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award.

On Monday, the league announced details around the 2022 campaign, a season-long, civically-focused initiative promoting community partners and advancing local service projects chosen and led by each NWSL team. It’s the second year for the program, which officially kicks off in July with appreciation games scheduled that will recognize each club’s community partner during a home match.

“It was great to see the teams and player ambassadors embrace this platform in its first year and engage fans with unique community partnerships,” said Ramon Jones, Nationwide’s chief marketing officer. “Nationwide looks forward to continuing its support and promotion of the many important causes that will be highlighted by each club this year.”

At the end of the season, one team-community partnership will win the Nationwide Community Impact Award and e honored during the 2022 NWSL Championship weekend in October. The winning community partner will receive a $25,000 donation from Nationwide to further their organization’s efforts. In addition, each participating community partner will receive a $5,000 grant.

“Giving back to the community is a foundational component of the NWSL, led by our exemplary players, fans, staff and stakeholders,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “We saw incredible participation and excitement around last year’s Nationwide Community Impact Program from all of our clubs and fans, and we’re excited to build on that this season.”

Last year, OL Reign won the inaugural award in support of the Black Future Co-Op Fund, a new paradigm for philanthropy uplifting Black-led solutions that ignite Black generational wealth, health, and well-being.

A full list of player ambassadors, community partners, and team appreciation nights can be found below. To learn more about this year’s 2022 Nationwide Community Impact Award, visit https://www.nwslsoccer.com/2022-nationwide-community-impact-award   



Community Partner

Appreciation Night

Angel City FC

Jasmyne Spencer


Wednesday, September 21

Chicago Red Stars

Rachel Hill

Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, September 14

Houston Dash

Jane Campbell

The Mission Continues

Wednesday, August 17

Kansas City Current

Victoria Pickett

Global FC

 Friday, August 19

NJ/NY Gotham FC

Sabrina Flores

All Kids, One Field

Sunday, September 11

North Carolina Courage

Katelyn Rowland

Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh

Saturday, September 17

OL Reign

Lauren Barnes


Friday, September 9

Orlando Pride

Gunny Jonsdottir

Special Olympics Florida

Friday, July 8

Portland Thorns FC

Rocky Rodriguez

Oregon Food Bank

Friday, August 5

Racing Louisville FC

Emina Ekic

Blessings in a Backpack

Friday, July 29

San Diego Wave FC

Naomi Girma


Sunday, August 7

Washington Spirit

Ashley Hatch

Leveling the Playing Field

Saturday, September 10