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San Antonio FC Announces Community First Health Plans as Official Jersey Partner

February 22, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
San Antonio FC News Release

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC today announced a new jersey patch partnership with local non-profit health plan, Community First Health Plans, Inc. (Community First). This jersey patch designation will celebrate Community First as the official health insurance partner of SAFC as the two local brands come together to create unique and joyful experiences for fans of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

This is the first professional sports partnership for Community First, the only locally owned and managed non-profit health plan in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Founded in 1995, Community First offers high-quality health care coverage and access to services and supports that individuals and families need to achieve more successful health outcomes. As the club's jersey partner, Community First's logo will appear across the center of the first team jersey and practice gear for all matches, home and away.

"Our organization strives to provide access, healing and belonging to all of our fans and the community we serve," said Dr. Kara Allen, Chief People, Impact & Belonging Officer at Spurs Sports & Entertainment. "Community First puts those priorities into practice on a daily basis and we are proud to be amplifying and aligning that work through this partnership."

"As two San Antonio-born brands powered by our people and purpose, we celebrate this opportunity to foster inclusive, fan-centered experiences in our shared community as our two organizations grow and excel alongside each other," added Katrina Palanca, Vice President of Global Partnerships at Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

"Soccer has the power to bring people together, regardless of their age, race, culture, or gender," said Theresa Rodriguez Scepanski, President and CEO, Community First Health Plans. "It's a sport that is beloved worldwide and a great unifier that has the power to break barriers and build a healthier community. We are proud to partner with SAFC, an organization that already does so much to strengthen and serve our community, and we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together."

Spaces for All

In keeping with Community First and SAFC's shared mission to foster positive and memorable experiences for fans of all needs and abilities, Community First will sponsor the ADA seating areas at Toyota Field, which includes select seats across Sections 123, 127, 103 and 107. They will also sponsor the club's first-ever sensory area pod, which would serve as a soothing space for those with sensory sensitivities, and a breastfeeding pod, allowing mothers a safe and private area to feed or pump. These new pods are designed to create a more inclusive and welcoming match experience for all. The intended placement of these pods is on the concourse, with more details to come further into the 2024 season.

Community First will also have a significant presence within the club's youth sports efforts as the presenting partner of five youth soccer clinics as well as the SAFC Micro League, a recreational and instructional soccer league that introduces San Antonio's youth to leadership, teamwork and positive decision-making while learning the game. In celebration of their partnership, Community First will also design a wall mural on display at Toyota Field stretching from Sections 103 through 107, which will be completed early in the 2024 season. Toyota remains the naming rights partner for the field, having extended their partnership this offseason.

San Antonio FC opens the 2024 USL Championship regular season against Loudoun United FC on Saturday, March 9 at Toyota Field. The 2024 SAFC season is presented by Toyota.

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