Sky has named rookie Angel Reese the newest owner of DC Power Football Club

Rising WNBA star and former college basketball star Angel Reese can now add “professional sports owner” to her resume. Reese is the newest owner of the DC Power Soccer Club, the new professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. that will begin play in the US Super League this summer, the team announced Tuesday.

The team’s current ownership group also includes Major League Soccer affiliate D.C. United, as well as community and business leaders from the DMV area, the club said.

“I want to help grow women’s sports and raise the level of female athletes in all areas,” Reyes said in a statement. “We are taking charge, and I am honored to be able to support Power FC and invest in women’s soccer in the DMV community.”

The club did not share further details about Reece’s ownership stake in the club.

As a native of Randallstown, Maryland, Reese has deep ties to the community in the D.C. area. By joining Power FC, she hopes to help create new pathways for aspiring professional athletes, the club said. But what Reese also brought to the club as its first female celebrity owner was her ability to expand DC Power beyond the DMV area, and outside of soccer.

Reese is one of the star members of the WNBA’s rookie class and is only a few weeks into her professional career with the Chicago Sky. As interest in women’s basketball continues to grow, Reese enters the league as an already established force in the sports business landscape, with major partnerships with brands like Reebok, Beats, and Tampax.

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She became a household name in 2023, after hoisting the NCAA Division I national championship with the LSU Lady Tigers. She quickly rose to fame as one of the highest-paid college athletes, with many coming to know Reese as “Bayou Barbie.”

This announcement comes on the heels of DC Power unveiling its name and logo and the appointment of the club’s first president, Jordan Stewart, and head coach, Frédéric Brillant, a former United player who is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Utah Royals in the NFL.

The club said Reese first contacted DC Power through her business advisors.

“Angel’s decision to be a founding investor alongside us in Power FC is groundbreaking,” DC United CEO and co-president Jason Levine said in a statement. “As a Maryland native, Angel is very passionate about being a catalyst for positive change in women’s sports in the DMV as well as globally, while inspiring the next generation of female athletes. We look forward to partnering with her on the board as an equity partner.”

The USL Super League starts in August. The DC Power will play at Audi Field, sharing the stadium with DC United and the NFL’s Washington Spirit.

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