CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Monday named Delta Air Lines as its official airline and travel partner.

As the first airline sponsor of the NWSL, Delta will work with the league to support its athletes through women’s empowerment programs and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

“Delta is a champion for the growth of women’s sport in the U.S. and around the world,” NWSL chief revenue officer Mitch Poll said in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome their team to the family and work together as we continue establishing the NWSL as the world’s premier women’s soccer league.”

The multi-year partnership also includes several opportunities for fan engagement events in addition to programming surrounding empowerment and DE&I.

“Joining the National Women’s Soccer League as its first-ever airline sponsor is a proud step in Delta’s work to support the teams and communities where we live, work and serve,” said Molly Battin, S.V.P., Global Brand Marketing at Delta. “We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the league to build meaningful and empowering programs that support the athletes and reach into the communities where they play.”

Ahead of its 10th anniversary season, NWSL teams kicked off preseason camps on Feb. 1. The season opens with the start of the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup on Friday, March 18.