Saker ShotRites has the longest running sponsorship with Sky Blue FC. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)

TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Sky Blue FC announced Friday that it has renewed its corporate partnership with Saker ShopRites for the National Women’s Soccer League season.

One of the original team sponsors of Sky Blue FC, Saker ShopRites is entering the ninth year of its partnership with the club.

“Saker ShopRites has played a pivotal role in the evolution of both Sky Blue FC and the game of women’s soccer,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said. “Saker ShopRites has been on our team since 2009, and we are proud to welcome them back for a ninth season in 2018. We truly want to thank everyone at Saker ShopRites for their incredible support over the past decade.”

Saker ShopRites is as the longest running sponsor of the franchise. One of the most notable components of the relationship is the Saker ShopRites Halftime Kick at each home match, where one randomly selected fan is given the opportunity to win $10,000 in groceries. An additional element is its designation of the Saker ShopRites Woman of the Match, which is awarded to the Sky Blue FC player who had the biggest impact on each game.

“All of us at Saker ShopRites are excited to continue our partnership with Sky Blue FC,” president and CEO of Saker ShopRites Richard Saker said. “We have supported Sky Blue FC since the team first brought professional women’s soccer to New Jersey in 2009, and we have great pride in knowing we contributed to the growth of the team and sport by doing so. We look forward to another great season for Sky Blue FC and the National Women’s Soccer League.”

Saker ShopRites owns and operates 31 supermarkets in New Jersey, as well as Dearborn Market in Holmdel. The company also is very active in the local community and have significant involvement with many different philanthropic organizations.

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