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Philadelphia Independence Proud to Announce Three New Business Sponsors

April 25, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Philadelphia Independence News Release


PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 25, 2011) - The Philadelphia Independence is proud to announce that support from mid-Atlantic region businesses continues to grow. The team's list of business sponsors now includes ACME, Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Hershey's reGen. The wide range of marketing assets offered by the Independence and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) provide a unique way for these regional and local businesses to reach target audiences, as well as support the growth of soccer and women's sports in this 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup year.

"A big part of our success and sustainability is what we do off the field in terms of building a strong and effective business infrastructure" said Independence Owner/CEO David Halstead. "Adding these three distinguished and prominent businesses to our list of sponsors demonstrates we are creating the right foundation for our team and franchise to have a positive and permanent presence for the fans in Philadelphia. We are grateful to ACME, Coca-Cola, and Hershey for their support and proud to be associated with these successful businesses," Halstead added.

ACME, the "Official Supermarket Partner" of the Independence. ACME is a member of the SUPERVALU family, the third-largest food retailing company in the United States, with leadership positions in major US markets, including Philadelphia. With 11 stores within a ten-mile radius of the Independence home field, Widener University, ACME is an established brand in the region that will provide important advertising and marketing opportunities for the Independence.

The Coca-Cola Philadelphia Bottling Company, the "Official Soft Drink Provider" of the Independence. Coca-Cola is an internationally known beverage company, with over 139,000 employees worldwide, and has its 3,500 products available in over 200 countries. Coca-Cola has a strong tradition in sports sponsorship, including an 80-year relationship with the Olympics. Coca-Cola Philadelphia will provide the Independence players and coaches soft drinks, isotonics, and water products during training sessions and to Independence fans at Widener University on game day.

reGen Muscle Recovery Beverage, the "Official Recovery Beverage" of the Independence. reGen, a muscle recovery beverage that uses natural cocoa as its main ingredient, has been clinically proven to increase endurance in athletes by an average of 9.7% according to studies. Independence players were first introduced to reGen last year and are pleased to again use reGen, a Hershey product, for recovery after training sessions and home games this season.

With the finalization of these important sponsorships, ACME, Coca-Cola and reGen/Hershey join a growing list of sponsors that include Premier Orthopaedics, Sheraton Great Valley, ANRO Printing and Digital Solutions, Staybridge Suites, Nightmare Graphics, Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, Parisi Speed School, US Coachways, Medco Sports Medicine and Colonial Hyundai of Downingtown.

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