Washington, D.C. (09/08/2022) – The Washington Spirit and Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) have collected over 10,000 donated sports bras all around the DMV that will be distributed to women and girls in the community. The partnership is part of the Nationwide Community Impact Program, a NWSL league-wide service initiative.
With such a major milestone already reached, the Spirit continues to make collections to distribute to the community. As the club’s Nationwide Community Impact Ambassador, Spirit forward Ashley Hatch collected donations at this week’s U.S. Women’s National Team match in DC and will do so again at Washington’s home match at Audi Field against San Diego on Saturday afternoon.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for their team’s efforts during Nationwide’s service initiative this month. The winning team will be awarded $25,000 for its community group, which would be enough to provide at least another 1,200 sports bras. Read more about how to vote for Hatch and the Spirit to win $25,000 for LPF here.
“The Spirit’s continued work with LPF represents its ongoing commitment to assisting the greater Washington, D.C. community in every way possible,” said Jonna Humphries-Valente, Spirit VP of Communications. “We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to provide such substantial support to one of our trusted community partners.”
This initiative with LPF is a part or a larger overall effort to bring equity and access to sport for girls in the community. The Washington Coalition of Women’s Professional Sports (WCWPS), formed in March 2022, is a coalition aimed to provide a purposeful and significant impact on the Greater Washington community by connecting the region’s women’s professional sports teams through service-focused collaboration. This coalition is made up of the Washington Spirit, Washington Mystics, DC Divas and DC Shadow, in association with LPF.
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Segra Field in Leesburg, Va and Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.
About Leveling the Playing FieldLeveling the Playing Field was founded in 2013 in response to the growing inequity between those that can afford to play sports and those that cannot, and the prominent role the cost of sporting goods has played in that gap. Leveling the Playing Field’s core mission is to redistribute equipment to expand access and equity within youth sports and recreation programs in under-resourced communities. With locations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, Leveling the Playing Field has collected and redistributed over $8.3 million worth of sports equipment to over 1,250 unique schools, sports leagues and other programs serving kids in need.