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On Monday morning, NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan, along with many league members, gathered together to ring the Nasdaq Stock Marketing Opening Bell.
The bell signifies the commencement of trading for the day, so it is highly watched, creating great exposure for the league. As the Nasdaq MarketSite is in Times Square, the NWHL was also able to secure a billboard displaying highlights from around the league to create more awareness for themselves.
“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.
Joining Rylan were NWHLPA Executive Director Anya Packer, players Kaycie Anderson (Connecticut Whale) and Kendall Cornine (Metropolitan Riveters), and many other league executives and investors.
Matthew Sheahan of Nasdaq’s communications team introduced the NWHL through a speech showing great support for the league.
“As a hockey fan and father of three young girls, it is important to show my daughters that a woman’s place is at the highest levels of professional achievement; that women belong on the ice, and on our championship podiums, and sometimes in the penalty box,” he said. “The NWHL demonstrates that there are no boundaries to what our daughters can make out of life. Being a champion is just what women do.”
Before ringing the bell, Rylan took advantage of the financial industry platform to directly address the need for real monetary investment in women’s sport.
“First and foremost, the NWHL is a business,” she said. “We would not be able to grow as we have without investment, without corporate partners, without support. Whether it’s the NWHL, National Pro Fastpitch, the NWSL, the WNBA, or any other league, we work relentlessly to earn every positive step. Please consider genuine support – not words, not marketing campaigns but real investment in women’s sports. 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.”