U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Named “Women of the Year” at espnW’s Inaugural IMPACT25 Gala Presented by Northwestern Mutual


U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Named “Women of the Year” at espnW’s Inaugural IMPACT25 Gala Presented by Northwestern Mutual

25 Standout Athletes and Influencers Honored at Inaugural IMPACT25 Gala in New York

Last night, espnW celebrated the 25 athletes and influencers on its IMPACT25 list at the inaugural espnW IMPACT25 Gala, presented by Northwestern Mutual. The IMPACT25 is an annual list of individuals who have made the biggest mark on women in sports in the last calendar year. Chosen by their fellow honorees, the U.S. Women’s National Team was recognized as the “Women of the Year” after a distinguished run in 2015 that saw the team end the year as the No. 1-ranked team in the world upon capturing the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and posting a 20-5-2 record. Hope Solo, Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone accepted the award on behalf of the team. Additional honorees in attendance at the event included WNBA stars Tamika Catchings and Elena Delle Donne, NFL newsmaker Jen Welter, National Women’s Hockey League commissioner Dani Rylan, college softball standout Lauren Chamberlain and documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield.

New York, NY - February 25, 2016 - Three Sixty: Hope Solo and Christie Rampone during the 2016 espnW IMPACT25 Gala (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
New York, NY – February 25, 2016 – Three Sixty: Hope Solo and Christie Rampone during the 2016 espnW IMPACT25 Gala
(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

In December, espnW unveiled the 2015 IMPACT25 list, in which respected athletes and influencers from the sports world were selected by a panel of sports experts and luminaries including women’s sports influencers, former players and ESPN’s own editors and executives. Other notables who joined the U.S. Women’s National Team on the IMPACT25 list included: Simone Biles, Misty Copeland, Elena Delle Donne, Chloe Kim, Carli Lloyd, Jessica Mendoza, Ronda Rousey, Breanna Stewart, Serena Williams and Kirsten Gillibrand and many more.

“The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the attention and hearts of the nation in 2015, and their influence across the sports world has been felt in significant ways since their World Cup triumph,” said Laura Gentile, SVP of espnW and Women’s Initiatives at ESPN. “This team focused a tremendous spotlight on the athletic accomplishments of women, and we’re honored to showcase their achievements at our inaugural IMPACT25 Gala.”

Special Olympics athlete and IMPACT25 honoree Olivia Quigley took home the first-ever Pegasus Award of Inspiration, honoring her perseverance, accomplishments and fervent will during her battle with stage four breast cancer. Quigley was diagnosed while training for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and took home two gold medals in the 100-meter run and 400-meter relay, and a silver in the 200-meter race, despite undergoing months of chemotherapy and treatment.

The evening’s program was hosted by ESPN’s Hannah Storm and included entertainment from Grace Potter, lead vocalist of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and best known for singing with Kenny Chesney on the hit duet, “You and Tequila.”

For the first time, espnW also teamed with Marvel Comics on the IMPACT25 list. Marvel created comic book “covers” to portray each honoree as a Marvel superhero. For additional information on IMPACT25 including a full list of honorees, go to: espnW.com/IMPACT25, The Marvel Comics illustrations are available on a dedicated page, sponsored by Walmart at: espnW.com/Marvel.

About espnW

espnW serves women who love sports. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July 2010, espnW lives across digital, television, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $238.5 billion in assets, $27.9 billion in revenues and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual is recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2016.

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Tara Chozet

I handle PR for ESPN Radio, espnW, technology, remote operations and soccer. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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