Pediatric cancer patient becomes a Sacramento Republic FC player
The health system is a founding and ongoing season-presenting partner of the Republic FC, and serves as the official medical provider for the club’s players. UC Davis Health’s kit (jersey) sponsorship of the team helps to emphasize, model and normalize health and outdoor activity for area youth. The partnership also creates opportunities for players to interact with patients during special visits to our children’s hospital.
For example, Make-a-Wish recipient Matthew Harding became the youngest soccer player in Sacramento Republic FC history in 2018. Thanks to the life-saving work of our pediatric oncologists and a successful surgery later at UC Davis Children’s Surgery Center, Harding was surrounded by players, staff and his UC Davis Health care team as he signed a player contract, received a jersey with his name and favorite number on it, and took part in a press conference with Republic FC leaders. Harding practiced with the team and joined them on the field during their match against Las Vegas Lights FC.