The NWHL traded a goal horn for a stock market bell yesterday as Commissioner Dani Rylan, Deputy Commissioner Michelle Picard, NWHLPA Executive Director Anya Packer, NWHL players, and other members of the organization rang the opening bell of Nasdaq.
Rylan spoke before opening the markets for trading. In her remarks, she stressed that the NWHL was a business, “…first and foremost, the NWHL is a business. We would not be able to grow as we have without investment, without corporate partners, without support.”
She continued on with a call to action for more support for all women’s professional sports leagues. “Please consider genuine support — not words, not marketing campaigns but real investment in women’s sports,” she said. “I assure you, you won’t find better partners. If you work with women in sports, the potential is unlimited. The opportunity to make a difference is right here, right now.”
The founder of the NWHL pointed out what the opportunity to watch female players can mean to young girls, pointing out that girls can see the sport at a high level but also that they can be anything they want to be.
“This is a significant milestone for the NWHL, and we are honored to ring the Opening Bell at Nasdaq in celebration of the incredible efforts of everyone who has played a role in our first five seasons,” said Rylan in the league’s release about the event.
Unbelievable morning surrounded by pioneers and builders with vision!— Dani Rylan (@DaniRylan) December 23, 2019
Thank you, NASDAQ for the honor and for shining a spotlight on professional women’s sports!
In addition, NWHL highlights were shown on a large billboard overlooking Time Square, a significant moment in getting women’s hockey in front of people.