Sky Blue FC and Hackensack Meridian Health will work together for a fourth year. (Catie Cooper Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)

NEPTUNE, N.J. — Sky Blue FC announced Friday that Hackensack Meridian Health will return as the title sponsor of the National Women’s Soccer League club.

In its fourth year as the presenting sponsor of Sky Blue FC, Hackensack Meridian Health will remain the official medical provider of the team. The two organizations also will continue to partner on ways to serve the community and participate together in philanthropic initiatives.

“Hackensack Meridian Health has been an exceptional partner for us over the past three years, and we are very excited to continue our relationship into a fourth season,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said in a statement. “Our world-class athletes receive the same level of world-class medical treatment from Hackensack Meridian Health, which is obviously a direct correlation to our success on the playing field. One of the greatest elements in our partnership goes well beyond what we do in our individual professions as well. We are two community-based organizations who strive to a positive effect on the surrounding regions, and we are able to have a much more powerful impact when we align our efforts together.”

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization offers a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers.

“Partnerships such as this help to engage families and fans of all ages and build healthy, vibrant communities,” Hackensack Meridian Health John K. Lloyd said in a press release. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Sky Blue FC and have our physicians, therapists and clinical experts extend great care to these talented soccer players.”

Sky Blue FC will host FC Kansas City in its home opener at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Sunday at 6 p.m.

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