HEALTHFIRST AND THE NEW YORK RED BULLS ACADEMY SPONSOR YOUTH SOCCER CLINIC IN BROOKLYN
75 Kids to Participate at Prospect Park Parade Ground Athletic Field
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN, NY, September 7, 2012 – Healthfirst and the New York Red Bulls Academy partner to hold a special youth soccer clinic at Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn on Sunday, September 16from 10:00am - 12 noon (Coney Island Ave. between Caton and Parkside Avenues). Made possible through a Healthfirst sponsorship of Red Bull Arena for the 2012 season, the clinic will offer 75 children, ages 6-14, the unique opportunity to meet and interact with professional trainers from the New York Red Bulls Academy to learn about the sport of soccer.
“This partnership with the New York Red Bulls enables Healthfirst to extend our reach in the communities we serve, and offer resources that help promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” said Pat Wang, Healthfirst President and CEO. “Programs like these engage children in healthy activities and help them to achieve their full potential.”
The New York Red Bulls Academy aspires to help develop the best youth talent in the Tri-State area, assisting in cultivating future professional stars of the New York Red Bulls soccer league. Kids chosen to participate in the clinic will receive two-hours of personalized instruction from the Academy trainers, learning game strategies and rules, aspects of teamwork, and other soccer techniques that encourage pro-social skills to empower them in making more positive life choices. The clinic is a one-time event and free of charge.
“Our academy is excited to work with eager and talented young players in the community. It is our hope that we can help motivate them to pursue a healthy lifestyle playing the ‘beautiful game’”, said Bob Montgomery, Red Bulls Academy Director.
For more information on the New York Red Bulls Academy, please visit www.redbullsacademy.com.
Established in 1993, Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization that offers low or no-cost health insurance to eligible individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey. It provides a variety of government-sponsored health insurance programs, including New York State's Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as Medicare Advantage. The Healthfirst family of companies includes Healthfirst in New York, Healthfirst NJ in New Jersey, and Senior Health Partners (SHP), a managed long term care plan serving Medicaid-eligible clients in New York City. For more information, visit the company's websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.
About New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls is one of 19 teams that comprise the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States – Major League Soccer. On the field, the team is led by FIFA World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner Thierry Henry and his former Barcelona teammate, Mexican National Team Captain Rafa Márquez. The team is coached by third-year manager Hans Backe, a finalist for the league’s Coach of the Year award in 2010. In March 2010, the Red Bulls moved into their new home, Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country. The Red Bulls have qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs for two straight seasons and eight of the past nine years. The New York Red Bulls are owned by Red Bull GmbH, the world’s No. 1 energy drink maker. For more information, log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com or call 1.877.RBSOCCER.