SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 16, 2017) – Sacramento Republic FC (Republic FC) and UC Davis Health have formalized a partnership establishing UC Davis Health as the founding jersey or “kit” sponsor for Republic FC’s Major League Soccer (MLS) club. The agreement is believed to be the first-ever binding jersey sponsorship secured prior to a team earning formal entry to MLS.
The agreement formalizes the partnership between Republic FC and UC Davis Health first announced in July 2016. The five-year deal would run from Republic FC’s inaugural season at the MLS level (expected to be 2020) through the 2024 season.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to support Sacramento Republic FC’s bid for MLS,” said Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center. “Republic FC is one of the most beloved organizations in Sacramento, with an unparalleled reach into our region and genuine commitment to being a force for good in the community. We look forward to continuing our journey with Republic FC to MLS.”
As part of the agreement, UC Davis Health 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.
“Once again, Sacramento’s bid for MLS is bringing out the best of Sacramento,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This partnership pairs two of Sacramento’s strongest ambassadors, and sends an unequivocal signal that Sacramento is a major league city.”
UC Davis Health and Republic FC enter into this formal contract just two months before MLS is expected to announce the next two cities that will be awarded expansion bids. Sacramento is one of 12 cities vying for a bid.
For more information on Republic FC’s MLS efforts, please visit mls.sacrepublicfc.com.