America heads into its showdown against Canada with an Olympic gold medal on the line. A win would only add to the résumé of a group of women who will be remembered for something more: changing the very future of their sport, and sparking a movement for gender equity.

A pro bono legal team from Ballard Spahr helped the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team negotiate a labor contract with its national governing body, USA Hockey, that provides fair pay and equitable support for women's and girls' programs nationwide.

"During negotiations, they prioritized requests and demands that were in the best interest of the sport over pulling in more dollars for themselves," says Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo, who represented the players. "They took a long-term view and wanted to know that when they retired from the sport, that they left their mark for the next generation."

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