After a year of doubt and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the future of the Chicago Red Stars looks brighter than ever.
Early Monday morning the club announced a new ownership group featuring a diverse group of Chicagoans. Arnim Whisler remains the team’s majority owner, but he’s added several big names to his ownership team.
They include former Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, Olympic gold medalist and Blackhawks development coach Kendall Coyne Schofield, ESPN’s Sarah Spain, music executive Colleen Mares, NFL marketing leader Julie Haddon, and local entrepreneur Marie Tillman.
“We’ve begun the process of building a singular, powerful team that spans from the pitch to the boardroom,” Whisler said in a news release. “This group is more than mere investors. Everyone involved cares deeply about the city of Chicago and the success of the Chicago Red Stars, the NWSL, and women’s sports. It’s time for the Red Stars to shine even brighter.”
Also joining the club are NFL player Michael Schofield, Impossible Foods marketing executive Jessie Becker, and prominent current and former Chicagoans in business, technology and communications: Brian Walsh, Kevin Willer, David M. Zapata, Jordan Levin, Abel Lezcano, and Michael Raimondi. They join founding owners Whisler, Dean Egerter and Steve Ritchie.
The Red Stars ownership group now includes:
- Jessie Becker
- Dean Egerter (founding member)
- Julie Haddon
- Israel Idonije
- Jordan Levin
- Abel Lezcano
- Colleen Mares
- Michael Raimondi
- Steve Ritchie (founding member)
- Kendall Coyne Schofield
- Michael Schofield
- Sarah Spain
- Marie Tillman
- Brian Walsh
- Arnim Whisler (founding member)
- Kevin Willer
- David M. Zapata