FEATURE | Posted July 3, 2013

UC Davis Children’s Hospital presents Sacramento Soccer Day

Special event promotes fun, active, healthy lifestyles

Sacramento families will get a kick out of Sacramento Soccer Day, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at Raley Field on July 18. The gates open at 4 p.m., and two exhibition soccer games start at 5 p.m.

The children’s hospital partnered with Sacramento Professional Soccer to be the title sponsor for the event, which will promote fun, active, healthy lifestyles among thousands of children, soccer players and fans of all ages in the greater Sacramento region.

Sacramento Soccer Day presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital in conjunction with Sacramento Professional Soccer is July 18 at Raley Field. The gates open at 4 p.m., and exhibition games begin at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Raley Field Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or through SacProSoccer.com. Sacramento Professional Soccer will donate 50 cents from the proceeds of every ticket sold to the children’s hospital.

In the first exhibition game, the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer will face off against the Sacramento All-Stars, a team that includes some of the best players from the Sacramento Region. The Norwich City Football Club of England’s Premier League will take on Mexico’s Dorados de Sinaloa in another exhibition game on the same night.

"Our goal is to work with local community programs and teams to provide a model of healthy sport participation and injury prevention for all children."
— Mo Mortazavi

“We are honored to partner with UC Davis Children’s Hospital,” said Warren Smith, president of Sacramento Professional Soccer. “It is wonderful to have an organization that is such an important asset to the Sacramento community working with us to share the importance of lifelong fitness with youth soccer players and soccer fans of all ages.”

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical-care services. It includes the region’s only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, as well as primary care clinics throughout the Sacramento region.

“We are excited to support Sacramento Professional Soccer and Soccer Day to help encourage awareness of the critical role that sports like soccer play in supporting the physical and mental well-being of children and adolescents in Sacramento and beyond — a role the children’s hospital champions every day with all of its patients and throughout our community,” said Mo Mortazavi, director of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinic at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. "Sports medicine starts long before the athlete is actually injured. Our goal is to work with local community programs and teams to provide a model of healthy sport participation and injury prevention for all children."

The event will feature the heroic work of the children’s hospital’s health-care professionals and the children and families that they serve. Hospital representatives will be integral to the day’s events, with concourse booths where families can learn about staying safe on and off the playing field, and a Children’s Hospital Pre-Game Youth Chalk Talk, where youth soccer players and their parents will discuss soccer, health and fitness with children’s hospital representatives and players from the Norwich and Dorados teams, as well as with a member of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.

Further information is available at SacProSoccer.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacProSoccer or on Twitter @SacrepublicFC.