LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Racing Louisville FC have partnered with Kentucky Fertility Institute to offer players egg freezing, embryo freezing, and long-term storage for the flexibility of starting a family without interrupting their football career.
“Professional female athletes have long faced the excruciating choice of either continuing with their finite careers or taking time out – sometimes retired – to start a family,” said Brynn Sebring, Director of Racing Player Experience on Tuesday, in a press release. “With the help of the Kentucky Fertility Institute, Racing Louisville has effectively removed the financial burden of an alternative solution, allowing our athletes a choice few other players have.”
Racing said the deal is similar to a new practice built into the collective agreement between the WNBA and its players.
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“From day one, Racing Louisville has aimed to raise the bar in women’s football,” said club president Brad Estes. “From facilities to nutrition to general day-to-day support, we’re dedicated to giving these athletes everything they need to be successful and enjoy life. We are very proud to announce this revolutionary partnership with the Kentucky Fertility Institute.
Freezing the eggs would require a player to go at least two weeks without training, Racing said, but it can be done during the offseason.
“Professional athletes shouldn’t have to choose between their careers and family plans,” said Dr. Robert Hunter, who founded and directs the Kentucky Fertility Institute in east Louisville. “We know this is a priority for Racing players and appreciate the club’s support in making these services accessible.”
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