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Three-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka invests in NWSL team North Carolina Courage

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Three-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka invests in NWSL team North Carolina Courage

(CNN)Three-time tennis grand slam champion Naomi Osaka says she has invested in National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) franchise North Carolina Courage.

Named Forbes’ highest paid female athlete in 2020, Osaka is the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother and, like the members of the Courage, used her platform prominently in 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

During each match of last year’s US Open — which she eventually won — Osaka wore a mask bearing the name of a Black victim of alleged police or racist violence in the US.

Currently in Australia as she prepares to compete in the first grand glam of the year at the Australian Open, Osaka said part of the reason she teamed up with the Courage was a shared interest in social activism.

“I also admire everything the Courage does for diversity and equality in the community, which I greatly look forward to supporting and driving forward,” Osaka said in a statement on the club’s website.

“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,” added Osaka.

The 23-year-old is the first investor in the Courage since owner Steve Malik acquired and relocated the team to North Carolina in 2017.

The Courage most recently won the NSWL championship in 2019.

 

By Ben Morse and Aleks Klosok, CNN

Updated 1531 GMT (2331 HKT) January 28, 2021

 

Sources: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/28/tennis/naomi-osaka-north-c

 

Written by: radiointernational

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