Charlotte, N.C. (March 1, 2017) - Queen City Soccer Club LLC held a press conference today to officially introduce Novant Health as presenting sponsor of the Charlotte Independence and to reveal the team’s new kits for the upcoming season.
Novant Health, the Official Healthcare Provider of the Charlotte Independence since its inception, has advanced to presenting sponsor this season and will be featured on the front of the team’s jerseys, along with other prominent placement on team apparel, website, print collateral and digital signage.
Under the agreement, Novant Health will be the exclusive provider of medical care to Charlotte Independence players, provide an athletic trainer, team primary care and sports medicine physicians (Dr. Kyle Pope and Dr. Karan Shukla), team orthopedist (Dr. James Romanowski) and on-site medical services on game days. Additionally, a team performance coach will be provided by Novant Health Sports and Performance powered by EXOS.
“Soccer is unique in sports in that a team’s shirt sponsor becomes an indelible part of the team brand,” said Jim McPhilliamy, Independence President & Managing Partner. “We are very happy to have a great organization like Novant Health become part of our team brand. We are looking forward to teaming together to make Charlotte a little better place to live through the world-wide sport of soccer.”
“Novant Health’s deep commitment to health and wellness is a reflection of our community partnerships, like the one we have with Charlotte Independence,” said Jason Bernd, vice president of Novant Health
Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with the team this year and look forward to keeping the players healthy with our world-class health care and services.”
“In the offseason, we extended our partnership with Adidas and we are proud to be one of a handful of USL teams working with such an authentic world-wide soccer brand,” said Wade Leaphart, Independence Chief Revenue Officer. “As we collaborated on the new design, we wanted something reflective of our relationships. The tan stripe represents Team, while the white stripe represents the Fans, the Sponsors, the City, the Vision…We Are Charlotte. Some could argue the kit is at least as relevant, if not more, than naming rights, in soccer. Having Novant Health on board lends a lot of credibility to what we’ve built. We’re all excited to work together, on and off the field.”
The Independence open the 2017 season on Saturday, April 1 versus Charleston Battery. For more information, please visit www.charlotteindependence.com
About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health consists of more than 1,380 physicians and nearly 24,000 employees and provides care at 530 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4 million patients annually and in 2015 provided more than $706 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.