Story By: Erin Zollars
Ring Photos: Courtesy of Washington Spirit
Over the past several years, some teams have missed out on Championship parades, ring ceremonies and genuine all in with the fans.. Well the wait is over, the 2021 NWSL Champs, the Washington Spirit will finally get their chance to celebrate with their fans at Audi Field this Sunday, May 1st as they take on the OL Reign in their season opener.
Each player’s last name and number (as it was during the 2021 season) is featured on the left-hand side of the ring with a depiction of the NWSL championship trophy and the date of last year’s final on the right-hand side. Above the trophy image is the team’s 2021 mantra, “SEND IT,” which the players adopted to signify their intent to leave everything they had out on the field. The inside of each ring is inscribed with the championship match up and the 2-1 final score. The top of the ring features the Washington Spirit crest and 120 stones in total, with 54 in bezel and 66 in goldstone.
With the new ownership in place, majority owner Michelle Kang, promised to deliver a stellar celebration after they captured the cup. S After the match, she will present the rings along with a Championship Banner with D.C Mayor Murriel Bowser, who will deliver a proclamation that November 20th each year will be Washington Spirit Day in the city.
“We want to make sure that every team is remembered in D.C. What these ladies did last season was amazing and it needs to be showcased just like all of our other teams throughout the city that have won championships,” said Bowser. It’s going to be a memorable day in the city.
Game time is 5pm with the ring ceremony and fireworks to follow.