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Texoma FC adds Gronkowski family, Matt Barnes and De Anna Guerreiro to ownership group

By Staff, 04/10/24, 1:00PM EDT


Group aims to bring League One soccer to region by 2025

SHERMAN, Texas - Texoma FC, a group dedicated to bringing a professional soccer club to the Texoma region, today announced several new additions to its ownership group headlined by entrepreneur De Anna Guerreiro, the star-studded Gronkowski family of the NFL and MLB All-Star Matt Barnes.

Guerreiro is the founder and managing partner of Athlon Family Office, LLC, which has partnered with the Gronkowski family and Barnes. The Gronkowski family and Barnes join a growing list of current and former professional athletes investing in current and prospective USL clubs, including two-time African Footballer of the Year Didier Drogba (Phoenix Rising FC), nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins (Birmingham Legion FC), six-time MLB All-Star José Bautista (Las Vegas Lights FC), United States Men's National Team legend Tim Howard (Memphis 901 FC), Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Sporting Club Jacksonville) and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Roots SC), among others.

"When Glenn Gronkowski called me about the Texoma FC opportunity, it didn't take us long to know this club was the right fit for us to invest in and bring value to the Texoma region" Guerreiro stated. "We're honored and humbled to be part of an amazing team, working with founders Simon Keizer and Ben Watson and to be able to bring in our partners, the Gronkowski family and Matt Barnes, alongside the West family."

De Anna Guerreiro, founder of Athlon Family Office, LLC, is a visionary who saw a need to create the first line of defense for athletes and an advocate for financial empowerment. She has partnered with several athletes to create a powerful sports brand that stands for, "For Athletes, by Athletes" and includes a family office that focuses on direct investments, family legacy, athlete financial literacy and mentoring.

The Gronkowskis are a well-known powerhouse family of athletes, entrepreneurs and all-around enthusiasts for life. Hailing from a tight-knit household where competition and camaraderie go hand in hand, the Gronkowski clan has made an indelible mark on the sports world and beyond. 

"Growing up in sports is more than just learning to play a game; it's about learning life's most valuable lessons on teamwork, perseverance and resilience. The impact of those experiences extends far beyond the field or court, shaping character, instilling discipline and fostering a lifelong appreciation for competition and community," stated Glenn Gronkowski. "We're proud to be partnering with the Texoma community and Texoma FC to help strengthen these values and to provide entertainment, passion and fun for years to come."

Gordie Gronkowski, Jr., the oldest of the Gronkowski brothers, helped pave the path for his brothers through a promising career in professional baseball. Gordie Jr. continues to provide positive energy as the leader of the Gronkowski bunch.

Dan Gronkowski, an NFL alumnus, brought his own brand of intensity to the field during his time as a tight end. Following his football career, Dan has transitioned into the business world, leveraging his experience and expertise to excel in various ventures.

Chris Gronkowski, a former NFL fullback, followed in his brother's footsteps, showcasing his grit and tenacity on the gridiron. Beyond football, Chris has ventured into entrepreneurship, founding the successful company Ice Shaker, which produces high-quality insulated bottles and received investments from Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank.

Glenn Gronkowski is the youngest sibling of the Gronkowski family and another product of the NFL community. Born into a family where athleticism and competitiveness run deep, Glenn has embraced the Gronkowski legacy with his own unique flair.

The Gronkowski family's passion for competition extends beyond the realm of sports. Whether dominating on the field, pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, or simply enjoying each other's company, the Gronkowskis exemplify the importance of family, teamwork and the relentless pursuit of excellence. With boundless energy and an unwavering commitment to success, the Gronkowski family continues to inspire and uplift all those around them.

Matt Barnes is a current MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox (2014-22) and the Miami Marlins (2023). He was an MLB All-Star in the 2021 season and a 2018 World Series champion with the Red Sox. 

"We are living in a sports revolution that is catching fire across the U.S., and we are part of this great movement, which is exciting beyond words," Guerreiro said, "We love the vision of Texoma, and we see a perfect place for our future stadium, hotel, sports facility, entertainment and retail district for families to come together every day."

Texoma FC aims to kick off its first professional season in USL League One in the 2025 season. To follow all things Texoma FC, more information can be found on the club's website or on its social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter), and YouTube).

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