Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has once again deployed her defense for women's sport off the court. Osaka, who already brought out her more activist side in the past US Open by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and wearing the names of people killed or injured by the police in cases of racism on her masks, has made the leap into the world of women's football with a brave bet.
The tennis player herself announced on her social networks that she has become one of the owners of the North Carolina Courage, one of the most powerful teams in the NWSL, the United States Women's Soccer League and that has been proclaimed champion of the competition in 2018 and 2019.
“The women who fought for me growing up have made me who I am today. I don't know where I would be without them. Throughout my career I have always received a lot of love from my fellow athletes, and that is why I am proud to share with you that I now own the North Carolina Courage, “wrote Osaka, while sharing photos with the team jersey , his name and the number 97 (in reference to his year of birth, 1997).
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 a owner of @TheNCCourage ⚽️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Iz0YcVvOqz
– NaomiOsaka 大 坂 な お み (@naomiosaka) January 28, 2021
In statements collected by the team itself, Osaka revealed more details about her entry into the world of women's football. “My investment in the North Carolina Courage goes beyond owning a team, it is an investment in amazing women who play a leadership role in their fields and inspire young athletes. I also admire everything the Courage has done. made for equality in the community, so I really want to support them. “