The Portland Timbers and Providence Health & Services today announced a new deeply integrated community partnership. The multiyear deal is founded in health and wellness initiatives and events throughout the region as well as a name change of the Major League Soccer (MLS) club’s historic downtown home venue to Providence Park, which annually plays host to home games for the Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and a wide variety of sports, entertainment and community-related events.

Providence, a not-for-profit health care provider committed to giving back to the communities it serves, and the Timbers made the announcement together today at Providence Park. The robust and integrated partnership features a number of important community initiatives, including the revival of the Special Olympics Oregon Fall Games in 2014, outreach efforts through the Timbers’ Stand Together platform, and partnering on youth soccer camps and field-related projects. Providence will become a Founding Partner of the Portland Timbers Community Fund and a presenting partner of the Timbers’ Hispanic community outreach platform, “Somos Timbers.”

“Just like Providence, the Timbers and Thorns have a proven track record of giving back to the community,” says Dave Underriner, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “Together, we’ll bring the spirit of the people of Providence alongside the Timbers and Thorns to reach out to the community in new and exciting ways.”

The new partnership between the Timbers and Providence, Oregon’s largest private employer, expands upon an established relationship between the two organizations. Built as part of recent renovations to the stadium, the Providence Sports Care Center is a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art sports care center located at the Southeast corner of Providence Park, and serves both the community and professional athletes. Providence will continue as the presenting partner and primary jersey partner of Thorns FC, the defending National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) champions, and the team’s community initiatives.

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