Charlotte Independence Unveils New Team Sponsor And Jerseys
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Charlotte, N.C. — The Charlotte Independence held a press conference Wednesday 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.
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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 worldwide 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 worldclass 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 Charlotte Independence open the 2017 season on Saturday, April 1 versus Charleston Battery, the game being played at UNC Charlotte [tickets].
The Independence will move to their new home stadium at the Matthews Sportsplex in June where 12 regular season games will be played.