Sparks Announce Groundbreaking Partnership with UCLA Health

UCLA Health to be Official Healthcare Partner of the LA Sparks

UCLA Health to be LA Sparks Jersey Partner

UCLA Health to be Official Team Physicians

 LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2022) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today a multiyear, seven-figure partnership with UCLA Health, who will be the Official Healthcare Partner of the LA Sparks. UCLA Health also will serve as the Official Team Physicians. The Sparks join the UCLA Health sports family which includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers and UCLA Athletics. The UCLA Health logo will be featured on the Sparks jersey.

“This is a historic partnership for the LA Sparks organization,” Sparks Managing Partner Eric Holoman said. “UCLA Health will provide world-class health care that our athletes need to compete at the professional level. They align with our community pillars of women’s empowerment and health and wellness. We’re proud to wear their logo on our uniforms and be part of their family.”

In addition to jersey placement, UCLA Health will have significant presence at Sparks games at Crypto.com Arena and will be featured on the Sparks media backdrops. Their medical team will be the official physicians for the Sparks, providing 24/7 concierge treatment, ranging from orthopedic, to physical therapy, as well as mental health services.

“We’re proud to partner with the LA Sparks, a world-class team that has shown its commitment to equity, justice and improving mental and physical health,” said Johnese Spisso, President, UCLA Health, CEO, UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences. “Our collaboration strengthens our commitment to serving greater Los Angeles and allows both our teams to empower women and families throughout the community.”

The partnership will have a robust community focus, as the Sparks and UCLA Health will collaborate on initiatives in the LA market to address health inequities.

The LA Sparks opened training camp April 17 at UCLA Health Training Center and kick off the season May 6 at the Chicago Sky at 5 p.m. PT, airing on NBATV and Spectrum SportsNet.

 

About UCLA Health

UCLA Health is among the world’s most comprehensive academic health systems, with a mission to provide state-of-the-art patient care, train top medical professionals and support pioneering research and discovery. It includes four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan

UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center – and more than 250 community clinics throughout Southern California. UCLA Health also includes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA Health hospitals ranked #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California and #3 in the nation in the 2021-22 Best Hospitals assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

 

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES SPARKS

Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 25 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Crypto.com Arena has a championship-level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court. LA Sparks 2022 season tickets are available here for purchase.

 

Contacts:

Eli Horowitz, Senior Director, Communications & Basketball Analytics

ehorowitz@la-sparks.com | (847) 644-9932

Corrie Hemry, Manager, Communications

chemry@la-sparks.com | (714) 461-8713

 

Kelsie Sandoval, Senior Media Relations Officer

knsandoval@mednet.ucla.edu | (424) 832-6570