Nashville SC have added to their ownership group ahead of their GEODIS Park opener on Sunday. Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth, a media and technology investor, as well as Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry, have joined the club as minority owners. From the club release:
Witherspoon, Toth and Henry, who have joined as minority owners in the team, bring significant cache to a team that is already setting the tone for Major League Soccer success nationwide. GEODIS Park is the largest soccer specific stadium in the U.S. and Canada, and has many features and attributes few other stadiums possess. The construction of the stadium is wrapping up after employing more than 6,000 people over the course of construction – 49% of which were women or people of color.
Witherspoon said, “As a Tennessee native, it is thrilling to see how much growth and development has come to our home state. One of the things that my whole family is most excited about is Nashville Soccer Club! The opportunity to go as a family and watch a world class team compete has been such an incredible experience.” Witherspoon continued, “The team, the management and the players have worked so hard to build this amazing organization and community. So, I’m thrilled to announce that my husband, Jim Toth, and I have made an investment in the club and are now a part of the ownership group moving forward. On behalf of Jim and our children, we are thrilled to be a part of the NSC family!”
Derrick Henry joins the ownership group as the most recognizable sports names in Nashville at this moment. Henry becomes only the fourth NFL player in history to serve as an owner of an MLS team.
“As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true,” said Henry. “My investment in Nashville SC is way more than financial, it’s truly an investment in the city of Nashville. The chance to be part of a club like Nashville SC, especially after seeing what they are accomplishing in the community, was an opportunity I did not want to miss.”
“We meant it when we said we were doing this in Nashville, with Nashville and for Nashville,” said Ingram. “Having Derrick, Reese and Jim join our group signals our commitment to being a club that is going to do things at the highest level and with the best Nashville has to offer.”
Henry joins Russell Wilson (Seattle), Patrick Mahomes (Sporting KC) and Mark Ingram II (DC United) as the fourth NFL player to invest in MLS, continuing the recent trend of NFL and NBA athletes joining the ownership of the growing league. Witherspoon and Toth’s involvement adds another local owner to the group, and continues to help grow the club’s footprint nationally and locally.
Nashville SC open GEODIS Park on Sunday, May 1 against Philadelphia Union.