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Novant Health Signs 4 Year Sponsorship Extension with Charlotte Independence USL Championship Team and Youth Academy

By Charlotte Independence Communications, 07/09/21, 9:00AM EDT


Novant Health remains the presenting sponsor for teams, tournaments and events.

Click here for b-roll & photos of the announcement being made at the game opener.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jul.9, 2021) – On center field of The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club’s new home turf, representatives from Novant Health joined Independence players on Wednesday to announce the renewal of a four-year strategic partnership. In addition to being the presenting sponsor of specified club teams, tournaments and events, Novant Health athletic trainers will continue to provide health care services to athletes, staff and community members throughout each professional and youth club season.

“We’re thrilled to continue to build upon the strong community partnership that we’ve established with the Charlotte Independence,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer for Novant Health. “As an organization, the Charlotte Independence are committed to developing leaders on and off the field, and we’re proud to work with them to promote health and wellness within the communities we serve.”

From the sideline to the clinic, Novant Health’s sports medicine and rehabilitation program offers a wide range of services, including sports performance training, outpatient physical therapy, sports nutrition and sports psychology services. The sports medicine team is well-equipped to assist athletes with the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions to stay in the game. In addition to staffing athletic trainers and team physicians, Novant Health will sponsor a variety of community initiatives, including the Charlotte Independence Free Community Clinics as part of the team’s ongoing “One Club, One Love” campaign. The long-term partnership will continue to raise awareness for the organization’s foundations: Novant Health Children’s Trust and Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.

“The Charlotte Independence are a fantastic community partner,” said Dr. Bryan Edwards, senior vice president of the Novant Health Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute. “We share a common commitment to train young athletes the right way, and we’re proud to work alongside the soccer club to provide care when they need us.”

“Novant Health has been such an amazing partner since our inception,” stated Charlotte Independence president and chief operating officer, Tim Schuldt. “We appreciate the trust they’ve placed in us to deliver on their objectives and for the world-class health care they provide our players, staff and families.”

Novant Health will be the primary kit sponsor for all youth competitive teams, the USL2 team and the USL Championship team. They will also be the presenting sponsor of five expansive youth tournaments each year, as well as the presenting sponsor of two first team matches. Throughout the term, Charlotte Independence and the Independence Soccer Club will prominently display branded logos and messaging for Novant Health through digital, print, mobile and social channels. Novant Health has been a sponsor with the Jacks since their inaugural season in 2015.

“The partnership with Novant Health is so important to our club as we continue to build exceptional players and incredible leaders of the future,” stated Thomas Finley, CEO of the Independence Soccer Club. “Novant Health aligns perfectly with our core values, and we look forward to impacting our community with them for the next four years.”

The Independence’s 2021 campaign is the Jacks’ first season at the brand-new American Legion Memorial Stadium following the $40 million entire rebuild of the historic venue, which was completed this past spring.

Located in uptown Charlotte, the new venue’s capacity of 10,500 includes standing area, and the type of amenities that have become standard at new venues across the Championship in recent years. Among them, a first for the Independence, is a full video scoreboard and views of the surrounding city skyline that make for a memorable experience on game nights and at other events.

2021 single game tickets are now on sale to the general public here.


The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team joined the United Soccer League (USL) Championship as an expansion team in September 2014. An ownership group led by Jim McPhilliamy, the President & Managing Partner of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds, acquired the USL franchise rights from the Charlotte Eagles. McPhilliamy and his investment group founded Queen City Sports Club with the goal of making Charlotte a better place to live through annual increases in both the quality and quantity of events that are provided for the community.

In the fall of 2018, Queen City Sports Club and the Charlotte Independence signed a 10-year lease to move to American Legion Memorial Stadium following a revitalization of the historic landmark set for the spring of 2021. The Independence is focused on building the profile of the club through culture, community and performance as the team moves to American Legion Memorial Stadium. For details on 2021 Season Memberships, visit or call 704-206-1515.

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In April 2019, the Charlotte Independence announced a historic formation of the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club (Independence SC). Independence Soccer Club is one of the top-10 largest, youth-to-professional clubs in the United States with a player network of close to 12,000 members, formed from existing youth soccer clubs of Carolina Rapids Soccer Club, Discoveries Soccer Club, and Lake Norman Soccer Club. Together, Independence Soccer Club is positioned to build a better club in serving the surrounding Charlotte-area soccer communities.

Independence Soccer Club is a comprehensive soccer club with playing levels for boys and girls ranging from recreation levels, ECNL, NPL, USL (United Soccer League) Academy, USL League Two, to the USL Championship. The creation of Independence Soccer from Carolina Rapids Soccer Club, Discoveries Soccer Club, and Lake Norman Soccer Club allows for pooled resources from all clubs, which effectively elevates player experiences and club programming, increases in coaches development opportunities, and strengthens partnerships with local municipalities and sponsors. The affiliation with the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team provides players a clear pathway to the highest level of professional soccer. The Charlotte Independence currently plays in the United Soccer League Championship at the Sportsplex at Matthews and is focused on building the profile of the club through culture, community and performance as the team moves to a revitalized 10,000-seat American Legion Memorial Stadium in the spring of 2021.

The creation of Independence Soccer Club has allowed for pooled resources from all legacy clubs, which has effectively elevated player experiences, expanded club programming, increased coaching development opportunities, and strengthened partnerships with local municipalities and sponsors. It has also enhanced marketing efforts, increased sponsorship opportunities, and facilitated future infrastructure development in every single community associated with the club.

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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. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,400 physicians and over 37,000 employees who provide care at more than 800 locations, including 18 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2021, Novant Health was the highest-ranking healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also included Novant Health on its 2020 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” In 2020, Novant Health provided more than $1.02 billion in community benefit, including financial assistance and services.

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