Sacramento Republic FC and UC Davis Health have formalized a partnership establishing healthcare provideer as the founding jersey or "kit" sponsor for Republic FC’s Major League Soccer club. The agreement is believed to be the first-ever binding jersey sponsorship secured prior to a team earning formal entry to MLS.
"As I’ve said before, actions speak louder than words," said Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle. "UC Davis Health has been a vital ally to Republic FC from day one, and its willingness to formalize our partnership sends a powerful message to MLS about how strong our market support is here in Sacramento."File Photo: Officials with Sac Republic FC and the City of Sacramento
As part of the agreement, UCDH and Republic FC will allocate at least $300,000 toward community-based programs that focus on youth wellness, neighborhood outreach, public health clinics and youth sports clinics.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, "Once again, Sacramento’s bid for MLS is bringing out the best of Sacramento." The mayor added, "This partnership pairs two of Sacramento’s strongest ambassadors, and sends an unequivocal signal that Sacramento is a major league city."