Tennis champion Naomi Osaka just expanded her investment portfolio with a partnership with health-driven fast-food chain sweetgreen.
The Haitian and Japanese tennis pro became the company’s first national athlete ambassador and their youngest investor to date, sweetgreen announced on its website.
“I’m proud to join forces with sweetgreen to change the way the world thinks of traditional fast-food sponsorships,” Osaka said in a statement. “As an athlete, what I put into my body directly correlates to how I perform and eating delicious, healthy foods fuels my daily routine.”
Her investment in the company comes as more people start to turn to healthier food options when dining on the go.
“Our goal is a big one: to change the way brands and athletes speak to future generations about the importance of what they eat,” said Nathaniel Ru, Sweetgreen co-founder and chief brand officer. “Sweetgreen is honored to partner with Naomi because she stands for what she believes in and uses her platform to educate and inspire the next generation.”
“Anyone that knows me knows I’ve been into @sweetgreen for a while (I eat it three times a week when I’m training/at shoots), which is why I’m excited to share that I’m their newest partner and youngest investor,” she tweeted.
As a professional athlete, Osaka is mindful of the food she puts into her body. With her new investment, the tennis star will work with Sweetgreen’s culinary team to customize a bowl that is set to debut nationwide on May 20.
“I’m excited about the work we’re doing together to create a positive impact,” SAID OSAKA.
The Naomi Osaka Bowl includes warm quinoa, baby spinach, cilantro, tomato, tortilla chips, raw carrots, goat cheese, blackened chicken, lime-cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette, avocado, and sweetgreen hot sauce.
As part of the new venture, 100% of The Naomi Osaka Bowl proceeds will go to The Asian American Foundation in their effort to advance equity in the AAPI community.