The Los Angeles Sparks have formed a multi-year partnership with UCLA Health, which will become the official healthcare partner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team.

In the seven-figure deal, UCLA Health also will serve as the official team physicians, whilst the Sparks join the UCLA Health sports community which includes the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers and UCLA Athletics. 

“This is a historic partnership for the LA Sparks organisation,” commented Sparks Managing Partner, Eric Holoman. “UCLA Health will provide world-class health care that our athletes need to compete at the professional level. 

“They align with our community pillars of women’s empowerment and health and wellness. We’re proud to wear their logo on our uniforms and be part of their family.”

Furthermore, the healthcare service’s logo will be featured on the Sparks jersey, and the company will also have ‘significant’ presence at Sparks games at Arena and will be featured on the Sparks media backdrops.

Johnese Spisso, President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, stated: “We’re proud to partner with the LA Sparks, a world-class team that has shown its commitment to equity, justice and improving mental and physical health.

“Our collaboration strengthens our commitment to serving greater Los Angeles and allows both our teams to empower women and families throughout the community.”

The partners have explained that they will havea core focus on a ‘robust community’, as the Sparks and UCLA Health will collaborate on initiatives in the LA market to address health inequities.

The LA Sparks opened training camp on 17 April at UCLA Health Training Center and kick off the season from 6 May at the Chicago Sky, which will be airing on NBATV and Spectrum SportsNet.

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