Republic FC Unveils Inaugural Season Kit with UC Davis Children’s Hospital

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Today, Sacramento Republic FC announced a three-year exclusive agreement with UC Davis Children’s Hospital and unveiled its inaugural kit, also known as the team uniform.

The partnership announcement and kit unveiling took place this morning at a public celebration hosted at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of people attended the event and enjoyed free food provided by Pizza Guys and Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen.

The Lotto-brand kit features the Sacramento Republic FC crest and the team’s signature “Old Glory Red” as the kit’s dominant color. UC Davis Children’s Hospital logo is positioned across the front of both home and away kits.

“Soccer is the only sport in which the commitment we demonstrate to our partners is literally written across our chests,” said Sacramento Republic FC president Warren Smith. “We are honored to partner with an organization that is improving the quality of life for thousands in our region, not just in health care and research, but also as an economic force through jobs, technology and education. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a champion for this indomitable city and we are proud to partner with them on and off the pitch.”

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In addition to their logo placement on the kit or jersey, UC Davis Children’s Hospital will serve as the “Season Presenting Partner” and the official medical provider for the club. UC Davis Medical Center will provide health care services for Sacramento Republic FC players and personnel including treatment by Sports Medicine Program and a team of physicians led by Dr. Eric Giza and Dr. Jeff Tanji.

“Teaming with Sacramento Republic FC is a great way for UC Davis Children’s Hospital to educate younger generations about the benefits of healthy living and raise awareness among all soccer fans that physical activity is essential to good health,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.  “Our success with Sacramento Soccer Day in July demonstrated how effective this partnership can be as a way to make a difference in the well-being of children, young adults and our entire community, and we are proud to be a presenting partner.”

13 SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC_MERCH W 018With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, improving children’s health is the goal of UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Sacramento region’s only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of care for critically ill children with the Central Valley’s only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center. Partners in the community promoting active, healthy lifestyles among children and adults alike, raising awareness about injury prevention and encouraging safe play among our young athletes.

The kit is manufactured by Lotto and features a simple and clean design that includes a sash across the front, Republic FC crest and the team”s motto, “urbs indomita,” or indomitable city, on the right sleeve. The dominant color on both the home and away kit is “Old Glory Red” – a color that may be found on the Sacramento Republic FC crest and on state flag of California.

The Sacramento region contains one of the strongest soccer communities in the United States, with more than 95,000 youth and adult participants, as well as successful high school and collegiate programs. The market consistently ranked in the top 10 for ESPN/ABC Nielsen ratings during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and in the top six for Hispanic or Latino markets. In 2002, Time Magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City.” The partnership between UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Sacramento Republic FC further supports the growth of the sport, quality of life for the region’s residents and celebration of the city’s diversity.

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