Improving children's health is the goal for UC Davis Children's Hospital, as it teams up with Sacramento professional soccer team Sac Republic FC for its inaugural season.
The three-year exclusive agreement was announced today in a press conference and kickoff event at UC Davis Medical Center.
"Teaming with Sacramento Republic FC is a great way for UC Davis Children’s Hospital to educate younger generations about the benefits of healthy living and raise awareness among all soccer fans that physical activity is essential to good health," said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. "Our success with Sacramento Soccer Day in July demonstrated how effective this partnership can be as a way to make a difference in the well-being of children, young adults and our entire community, and we are proud to be a presenting partner."
The press conference featured remarks by UC Davis Medical Center CEO Ann Madden Rice and Sac Republic FC president/founder Warren Smith and the screening of the team’s launch video entitled “The Chant.” The new team jersey, which featured UC Davis Children's Hospital's wordmark positioned across the front, was also unveiled for the first time, worn by young UC Davis patients.
“Soccer is the only sport in which the commitment we demonstrate to our partners is literally written across our chests,” said Smith. “We are honored to partner with an organization that is improving the quality of life for thousands in our region, not just in health care and research, but also as an economic force through jobs, technology and education. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a champion for this indomitable city and we are proud to partner with them on and off the pitch.”
In addition to their placement on the jersey, UC Davis Children’s Hospital will serve as the “Season Presenting Partner” and the official medical provider for the club. UC Davis Medical Center will provide health-care services for Sacramento Republic FC players and personnel including treatment by the Sports Medicine Program and a team of physicians led by Eric Giza and Jeff Tanji.
UC Davis Children's Hospital previously partnered with Sac Republic FC in July as part of Sacramento Soccer Day, an event to promote fun, active, healthy lifestyles among thousands of children, soccer players and fans of all ages in the greater Sacramento region. More than 14,000 people attended the sold-out event.
Sacramento Republic FC is an expansion franchise of United Soccer League (USL PRO). The club will launch its inaugural USL PRO season in 2014 and play its matches at an 8,000-seat multi-use facility at Cal Expo, pending approval by the Cal Expo board of directors on December 13, 2013. The club’s commitment to position Sacramento as an “indomitable city” is evident through its community investments and goal of Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion by 2016. The club has taken steps to build the franchise with the highest caliber of talent, both on and off the field, in preparation for a MLS franchise including the hiring of head coach Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic. The club’s motto is urbs indomita – Indomitable City. Indomitable Club.