Nationwide Community Impact Award

As part of the Nationwide Community Impact Award, each of the 12 NWSL Clubs have partnered with Nationwide to select one season-long community partner.

Of the 12 team-community partnerships, one was named the winner of the 2023 Nationwide Community Impact Award and was honored during the 2023 NWSL Championship in November.

The Fan Vote is a key piece in determining the overall winner! Throughout the month of October, fans casted their vote once a day for the Club/community partner/player ambassador they'd like to see win this award. The team with the most votes at the end of the month was announced as the official Fan Vote winner and represents the fan vote as part of the overall voting process for the 2023 Nationwide Community Impact Award winner.

Forward Kristen Hamilton lead the Kansas City Current’s project to hold a soccer clinic for children with disabilities, in partnership with Variety KC.  

“Service and activism are some of the principal tenets of our incredible league and remind us that athletes and fans alike have the power to support causes, inspire change and uplift communities far beyond the pitch,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “We’re excited to once again partner with our friends at Nationwide as we continue leveraging our respective platforms and resources to support this season’s exceptional community partners.”  

“Nationwide is proud to support the NWSL and players as they serve valuable organizations in their communities and inspire fans to do the same,” said Ramon Jones, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Nationwide. “This program is a great vehicle to spotlight meaningful causes and demonstrate what it means to be a leader on and off the soccer field.” At the end of the season, one team-community partnership was selected as the winner of the Nationwide Community Impact Award. Their efforts were honored during the 2023 NWSL Championship weekend in November, with the winning community partner receiving a $25,000 donation from Nationwide to further their organization’s efforts.  In addition, each participating community partner will receive a $5,000 grant. 

Last year, the Kansas City Current and its community partner Global FC, a community development project using soccer to bridge socioeconomic disparities between communities through the formation of an inclusive sports culture, won the 2022 award.  

This season, Kristen Hamilton will be one of the Nationwide Community Ambassadors with Variety KC, a volunteer-driven organization committed to providing children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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At the heart of Variety's achievements are the remarkable contributions of people in the community, and it is only through your time and effort that Variety is able to do so much for children and families right here at home.

Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City helps special-needs children:

  • Gain mobility and freedom
  • Get out and about in the community
  • Achieve independence and increase self-esteem
  • Assist special needs children to integrate into mainstream school and activities