FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014- Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.
ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community. ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.
This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.
“We are impressed by the commitment of ISC Gunners to introduce young athletes to sports while instilling the virtues of teamwork, discipline and fitness,” said Rayburn Lewis, MD, Chief Executive of Swedish/Issaquah. “Swedish cares about the health and well-being of the people we serve. In this partnership, we recognize that community organizations, like ISC, are instrumental in building healthy communities. We are happy to support their efforts and programs.”
As part of this agreement, Swedish will be the title sponsor of the club, provide team uniform kits, medical support for events and tournaments and organize education programs for parents and coaches on important topics such as, youth sports injury and prevention and concussion awareness.
“We are thrilled to partner with Swedish. Their dedication to youth sports and promoting health in our community is outstanding,” said Jimmy Ball, ISC Gunners Director of Football. “We know there will be a strong connection between Swedish and ISC Gunners coaches and leadership. Swedish experts have the knowledge we need especially in the areas of sports medicine and concussion education.”
Gwynne Williams, Executive Director of ISC adds, “The link between our organizations is powerful. There is strong alignment in our missions. We are proud to outfit our teams and coaches in Swedish blue!”
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.
About ISC Gunners
ISC Gunners, formerly known as Issaquah Soccer Club, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, was founded in 1980 and is one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Since the beginning, the club has been dedicated to teaching our youth the remarkable game of soccer while promoting sportsmanship, discipline and teamwork. Today, ISC is home to over 300 youth soccer teams and helps more than 3000 children each year to learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community. For more information, visit www.issaquahsc.org