Seahawks' Russell Wilson and singer Ciara will invest in Portland's campaign for MLB team
PORTLAND, Ore. – Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, singer and songwriter Ciara, plan to invest in a campaign to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland.
Wilson posted about their commitment on Twitter Friday morning.
In an online Post, Wilson says he and Ciara are now part-owners of the Diamond Project, a campaign to bring a MLB team to the Rose City.
“As owners, investors, and partners in this incredible opportunity, we plan to change the game of baseball and impact the lives of kids everywhere,” Wilson wrote.
Wilson cites his passion for baseball as a reason he’s committed to bringing a new, professional sports team to Portland. He also says baseball has been something that’s brought his family together.
“I can’t think of any better way to share family memories than at the ballpark,” he wrote.
Ciara is also passionate about athletics. In a statement, she said, "I am excited about the opportunity to bring the comradery of the game to the city of Portland. I want to see this vision come to life and empower more women owners in major sports franchises."
Wilson says he and Ciara also have a passion for teaching and helping inner city kids across the country. They hope to see more diversity in professional baseball in the future.
Wilson has dreamed of owning a professional sports franchise for a long time and is also a partner in an initiative to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle.
“Having Russell and Ciara sign on as owners and investors in PDP is game-changing, and has elevated our campaign significantly,” Portland Diamond Project founder and president Craig Cheek said.
Wilson and Ciara plan to visit Portland Saturday to announce their investment. The local management group Portland Diamond Project will hold a special media event where the two will discuss their ownership and investment in the campaign.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released the following statement on the Portland Diamond Project and the news of the investment from Wilson and Ciara:
“Watching the Portland Diamond Project steadily gain momentum over the past few months has been exciting, especially in light of today’s announcement that Russell Wilson and Ciara have signed on as investors. Bringing a Major League Baseball team to Portland could have many extremely positive economic and social ramifications for the city, and I look forward to looking hearing more about the possibilities of this initiative.”