SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes and Sutter Health today announced a historic multi-year partnership agreement that will see the Northern California healthcare network’s name on the front of the Earthquakes jerseys, beginning in 2016. The wide-ranging partnership also features a number of community components including a joint commitment to considerably expand the MLS club’s Get Earthquakes Fit program, which promotes health and wellbeing throughout schools in Northern California.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sutter Health as our exclusive healthcare and official jersey partner,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “Our organizations share a commitment and dedication to the community that makes this partnership a great fit. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership that not only benefits our organizations but also the greater Northern California community. Additionally, the Sutter Health logo looks fantastic on our jerseys!”
The Sutter Health logo will be seen on the Earthquakes jerseys for the first time at a season ticket holder event on Jan. 27 when the Quakes first team takes on the Under-18 academy side at Avaya Stadium. The agreement will see the Sutter Health logo adorn all first team and academy gear, including training tops and team travel apparel. Through the partnership, Sutter Health will become the presenting sponsor of the Quakes youth academy and the youth check-in area at Quakes matches.
“When people watch this awesome soccer team playing and see the Sutter Health name on their jerseys, we hope it inspires them to think about building healthy bodies and minds; that’s the real victory,” said Arra Yerganian, Sutter Health Chief Marketing and Branding Officer. “It’s a privilege for us to take care of the Earthquakes players, who make their personal health a top priority. These players are great role models and we are thrilled to be on the sidelines and in the stands as their partners in health.”
The partnership provides a unique platform for Sutter Health and the Quakes world-class athletes to reach hundreds of thousands of Northern California families with information and education about how to stay fit and healthy. The two organizations will also work together to bring Quakes players to Sutter Health hospitals and clinics to visit with and inspires local patients.
The agreement will also see the expansion of the Get Earthquakes Fit program, an ongoing commitment to reducing childhood obesity, which affects nearly 13 million American kids. Get EQ Fit is a health and fitness program targeted at elementary school children that is linked to the California state education standards. The program was created in 2009 in collaboration with local teachers and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
About San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes are one of 20 teams in Major League Soccer. The club won MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003 and took home Supporters’ Shields in 2005 and 2012. They are led by 2012 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski, one of the most prolific goal scorers in league history. The club opened its new home, Avaya Stadium, in 2015. The stadium holds 18,000 fans and is one of the most technologically advanced arenas in MLS and is the first cloud-enabled stadium in the league. In their debut season at Avaya, the Quakes sold out every home MLS match. The organization was originally founded in 1974 and was one of 10 charter members of MLS when the league began in 1996. The club’s non-profit arm, the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, focuses on health and fitness initiatives for underserved youth in the Bay Area. For more information about the Earthquakes, log on to www.sjearthquakes.com.
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other healthcare service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology. Sutter Health cares for more than three million people in 100 Northern California communities. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth | twitter.com/sutterhealth