D.C. women’s pro teams form coalition to support women’s sports community

The Washington Spirit are part of the new Washington Coalition of Women’s Professional Sports. (Jesse Louie/Just Women’s Sports)

The Washington Mystics, Washington Spirit, D.C. Divas and D.C. Shadow have formed a coalition, in partnership with youth sports charity Leveling the Playing Field, to help connect with and support the region’s women’s sports teams.

The group is called the Washington Coalition of Women’s Professional Sports.

In a release, the group says that its members are “driven by a mission to purposefully and significantly impact the Greater Washington community by connecting the region’s women’s professional sports teams through service-focused collaboration.”

“The Washington Coalition of Women’s Professional Sports seeks to kick off the next 50 years of Title IX with the intention of creating a prosperous future for women’s sports in the DMV,” they wrote.

Their first initiative will be a sports bra collection drive, with a goal of collecting a total of 5,000 donated sports bras. Those bras will then be donated to girls and women across the DMV region in helping to ensure that all wanting to play sports have access to necessary equipment.

Other initiatives aimed at providing resources will come at a later date.

“We’re honored to partner alongside our fellow women’s sports teams here in Washington, D.C. and to rally together for such an important cause,” said Alycen McAuley, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Washington Mystics. “If we can remove just one of the many barriers that stop girls from continuing their sport participation, we can foster more of the women leaders of tomorrow.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser added that when women “come together to lead, we become a powerful driving force for impact, equity, and access.”

“We are so excited about what we are building together through this coalition,” said Zoe Wulff, community relations manager for the Washington Spirit. “We all have a shared interest in further elevating the local community here in DC, and furthering the positive impact women’s sports have within the region and the industry as a whole.”

Previously, the Spirit had partnered with Mystics player Natasha Cloud to help announce their new kits for the NWSL season.