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The Sports Bra plans to franchise, expand with support of Reddit co-founder

The sports bar dedicated to women’s sports opened in April 2022 in Northeast Portland.

The Sports Bra at night with a crowd lined up outside on the sidewalk and hanging lights illuminating the interior where sports flags hang on walls and games play on TVs.

The Sports Bra has hosted leaders like Oregon US Sen. Ron Wyden and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

Two years ago, a bar dedicated exclusively to women’s sports opened in Northeast Portland. Each game playing on the bar’s TVs and every team flag decorating its walls sends a clear message: if you’re interested in women’s sports, you’re in the right place.

The Sports Bra was a novel concept when it launched. Today, it has a devout following — and the support of some heavy hitters.

Founder and CEO Jenny Nguyen said they intend to expand the bar’s concept across the US. Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and husband to Serena Williams, and the 776 Foundation will help fund The Sports Bra’s expansion. Details like when new locations will open — and where — have not been announced. The Sports Bra intends to invest all returns back into girls’ and women’s sports.

“When I first opened The Sports Bra two years ago this month, I had no idea the impact it would have on so many so quickly,” Nguyen told KGW. “Now I can see we’re just getting started.”

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