The “Level Up” singer and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback have announced they are purchasing ownership stakes in a local pro soccer team.
According to The Undefeated, Ciara and Wilson are part owners of the Seattle Sounders FC, a professional soccer team in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS).
This is part of 30-year-old Wilson’s plan to invest in certain properties and initiatives throughout Seattle. where he has resided for about a decade. And the Super Bowl winner has plenty of coins to work with after signing a $140 million contract with the Seahawks back in the spring.
For Ciara, this move was about increasing female ownership stakes in business, entertainment and sports. If you recall two years ago, Ciara announced the launch of her record and entertainment company, Beauty Marks Entertainment, where she is free to exercise complete control over her projects.
"If you think it, it’s possible."
Ciara writes an open letter to her daughter about empowerment and equality after she and Russell Wilson announce they are owners of the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. https://t.co/2MW0FHVAZM
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Ciara, 33, wants to inspire girls and women — especially her 2-year-old daughter Sienna Princess Wilson — to continue to break the glass ceiling and venture into enterprises where their representation is small or nonexistent.
“This is not only a special moment for Russ and I, but for our kids as well. When we walked into the building and our kids were running around with their names on their little jerseys, it meant a lot for so many reasons,” she said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
“It’s an honor to join the Sounders team and have the unique opportunity to represent female ownership within major league sports. The team has already done some amazing things, but I believe the best is ahead and we’re excited to be part of that.”
Ciara and Wilson will not be alone in running the Seattle Sounders FC. Star rapper Macklemore also has an ownership share of the team, and executives from Microsoft, Amazon, Fox Sports and Pandora also have stakes in the MLS squad, according to The Undefeated.