Collaboration marks eighth year the area’s leading healthcare provider will partner with the nation’s largest soccer association to keep athletes healthy on and off the field.
Overland Park, KS — (March 24, 2021) — HCA Midwest Health and the Heartland Soccer Association recently renewed an exclusive partnership that cares for the country’s premier youth soccer organization, helping to improve the health and wellness of its players. The partnership kicked off in 2013 with Heartland Soccer Association, the nation’s largest soccer organization.
HCA Midwest Health offers metro residents more than 150 access points—including 13 emergency rooms across the region—and convenient, top-quality sports medicine care. In the case of injuries, HCA Midwest Health’s sports medicine specialists offer injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation as well as athletic training and sports physicals to keep the Kansas City community active and healthy.
The HCA Midwest Health partnership with Heartland Soccer Association will provide coverage to athletes during tournaments and league matches.Among other health initiatives, HCA Midwest hospitals and physicians will conduct a comprehensive concussion management program to educate athletes, families and coaches on the proper ways to handle concussions.
“Caring for our community’s young athletes and ensuring they receive high-quality, compassionate care is important to HCA Midwest Health,” says HCA Midwest Health President and Chief Executive Officer M.L. Lagarde III. “As a community leader in the education, care and treatment of concussion, we have more than 50 sports medicine and orthopedic physicians in our physician network throughout the region, offering athletes immediate access to expert healthcare. This prestigious partnership with Heartland Soccer Association perfectly aligns with our mission and our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”
As the largest league and tournament host in the nation, Heartland Soccer plays at four world-class turf facilities, including the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and the newly opened Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex, as well as the Compass Minerals Sporting Fields and Swope Soccer Village. The league hosts players of all skill levels, including recreational and premier-level players and teams from around the Midwest. Each year over 1,500 teams and 30,000 youth from ages 9-19 compete each season. In addition to league play, Heartland Soccer Association hosts 14 tournaments annually that bring in millions of dollars in economic impact to surrounding areas. The tournaments draw in more than 2,700 teams and 44,000 youth players from more than 16 states including Texas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Illinois, as well as Canada
“Heartland Soccer Association is known for its level of excellence and passion for sports and to work side-by-side with Kansas City’s leader in healthcare on our home turf is tremendous,” says Heartland Soccer Association Executive Director Shane Hackett.