Minnesota United announced that Allina Health will be the official health care provider of MNUFC. This expanded partnership will allow the two organizations to make a greater impact in their shared commitment to serving our community.
Manny Lagos, MNUFC Chief Soccer Officer and Robbie Bershaw, MD, Allina Health Sports Medicine Physician and MNUFC Chief Medical Officer will be at Allianz Field from 10 am – 12 pm today for interviews.
We are very fortunate to have Alina Health as a partner since the inaugural MLS season in 2017. Not only do they provide excellent medical care to our players, but we are always impressed and inspired by the depth of their commitment. for our community,” said Minnesota United CEO Shari Ballard. “Having Allina Health as a partner will make our club even better and allow us to continue to strengthen our community impact in many areas. One example that has touched us deeply is our power football team. We are very proud to be associated with the amazing athletes on the team and the amazing team members throughout the Allina Health organization. We are excited to continue our work and make a greater impact on the communities we serve.
As Minnesota United’s official health care provider, Allina Health represents the club in the following areas:
- Minnesota United Official Group Physicians
- Presenting the MNUFC Power Football Partner
- Presenting the partner of the annual blood drives in the Allianz field
- Save the date: March 21st at Allianz Field from 10:00am – 4:00pm CT.
- Supporters can register. over here.
- Introducing MNUFC Academy Partner
- Presenting the Luns podcast partner
- The official jersey front partner for MNUFC2
- Allina Health gate at the SE entrance of Allianz Field
“I am fortunate to be a part of two great teams – Allina Health and Minnesota United – and I am grateful that these two community-focused organizations are strengthening their partnership,” said Robbie Bershaw, MD, Allina Health Sports Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Officer. “Through MNUFC’s high-quality player care, youth soccer opportunities, blood drives, powerhouse soccer team, podcasts and more, this partnership allows us to be better for the players, fans, patients and communities we serve,” MNUFC said.
Minnesota United has signed athletes through the fall of 2022 with the Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s existing Power Soccer team. The Courage became Kenny Blizzards ‘MNUFC Power Soccer’, launching the club’s first Power Soccer team and only the third Power Soccer team in MLS. Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Powerball athletes with disabilities such as quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and more. Athletes do not have to be wheelchair users on a daily basis to play the sport of power football. The game is usually played in a gymnasium on the basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend and shoot a 13-inch soccer ball in a skillful and challenging game.
The team will continue to compete in the US Power Soccer Association (USPSA) under the Minnesota United name. MNUFC Power Soccer is coached at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minn., by coach Katie Kenny and volunteer coaches Tom Gordon, Brian Monson and Piper Murray.
Blood Drive on the Allianz Field;
MNUFC will continue to host its annual blood drives at Allianz Field, presented by Allina Health.
This year’s blood drive will be held on March 21st at Allianz Field from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CT. Supporters can register. over here.
The club and Alina Health first partnered on this initiative in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, hosting four blood drives that same year with over 300 blood donations and nearly 1,000 lives saved.
From 2023, Alina Health will be the supply partner of MNUFC Academy and the frontline partner of Jersey. With teams at the U15, U17 and U19 levels, the MNUFC Academy is the first step in the Minnesota United Pro Player Pathway – a pathway for players to transition from youth soccer to the Academy, MNUFC2 and First Team. As part of the partnership, Allina Health will provide curriculum and support sessions for academy groups through Allina Health’s ‘Into Chills’ program – mindfulness and stress-relief resources for teenagers.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Alina Health,” said Amos Magee, MNUFC’s Vice President of Youth Development. “With their desire to work with us on health and wellness – from our academy and youth football areas, from the club’s second team, to our first team – we know Alina Health will continue to work with us. The best way for all our football players to compete day in and day out, on and off the field. .
Alina Health Honor Board Custodian:
In keeping with Allianz Stadium’s long-standing tradition of electing fans to exchange scorecards at the north end of the stadium at MNUFC home games, the club and Alina Health will continue to honor an Alina Healthcare staff or team member. The honorary scoreboard keeper will be recognized on the video board live in stadium form as well as by the stadium PA reading during each game. Honorary scoreboard keeper for the Loons’ home opener on March 11 will be MNUFC Power Soccer team captain Dendra Bardell.
Alina Health will continue to support The Voice of the Lions podcast as a presenting partner. Fans can expect to hear Alina’s health practitioner or psychiatrist as a podcast guest each season.
In continued support of the Pro Player Path, Alina Health will be the jersey front partner of MNUFC2, Minnesota United’s MLS Next Pro team.
The SE entry in Alliance Field will now be Alina’s health gate. Additional signs will be in the stadium.
Professional soccer has been a part of Minnesota for over four decades and Minnesota United has been at the forefront of growing the game at all levels. From the first team to the front office to the development academy to the work we do in the Twin Cities, the club’s mission is the same: to promote soccer, the world’s game, and thereby inspire and unite our community. We achieve this through a culture built on accountability, respect, excellence and integrity, and by creating a fan experience and connection to the community. In 2023, MNUFC will return to the field for its seventh season in MLS. Follow Minnesota United’s social channels and check our website at mnufc.com for the latest information about the club.
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