Sounders FC and Providence Agree to Unprecedented Community-Focused Partnership

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January 20, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS)Seattle Sounders FC News Release

RENTON, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC and Providence, a not-for-profit health system serving the Western United States, today announced a new partnership that brings together two community-oriented organizations in a dynamic agreement, centered upon driving meaningful impact in the area of youth mental health and wellness.

Announced at a special schoolwide assembly today at Renton High School, today’s news is highlighted by the introduction of a collaborative and thoughtful relationship with Renton School District, grounded in research that identifies schools as one of the most effective forums for providing consistent and accessible behavioral health services to children and adolescents. Through this relationship, Providence and Sounders FC are working hand-in-hand with district leadership to develop, implement and provide support for a variety of programming and services focused on concrete ways to improve mental health for students.

Home to the Sounders FC Center at Longacres, the club’s new state-of-the-art training facility set to open in 2024, Renton sits 11 miles south of Seattle and its school district serves over 15,000 young people. Encompassed in the long-term partnership between Providence and Sounders FC is a long-term commitment to the community where the Rave Green will operate.

Also, part of the Providence-Sounders FC relationship, Providence Swedish becomes the Official Medical Services Provider and Official Healthcare Partner of Sounders FC, with physicians from Swedish Medical Group serving as Sounders FC’s team doctors. Additionally, the Providence mark is being proudly displayed on the front of all Sounders FC kits beginning this season. Providence becomes the third jersey front partner in Sounders FC’s MLS history, replacing previous kit partner Zulily (2019-2022).

Sounders FC engaged global sports and entertainment industry leader Oak View Group’s (OVG) Global Partnerships division to assist in the development and completion of the multi-year partnership. OVG Global Partnerships is the 2021 recipient of Sports Business Journal’s Best in Sales, Consulting and Client Service Award for connecting world-class brands across the professional sports landscape.

“From our earliest conversations with Providence, this partnership was always about shared values, especially our combined organizational commitment to our region’s youth and making communities healthier…

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