San Diego Loyal SC is the Y's official youth soccer technical partner
- YMCA youth soccer leagues to feature SD Loyal-branded soccer jerseys
- Partnership to kick off with 2022 Loyal season and YMCA spring youth soccer season
- Expansive agreement includes technical soccer support, enhanced volunteer coaching content, player appearances, wellness collaboration with Rady Children’s Hospital, and a “YMCA Family Night” at the Loyal home game on Saturday, June 11
March 15, 2022 – Today, San Diego Loyal SC and the YMCA of San Diego County (YMCA) announced a new partnership making an impact in the San Diego community through health equity and youth programming.
As part of the collaboration, San Diego Loyal SC will serve as the “Official Youth Soccer Technical Partner” for the YMCA’s youth soccer leagues. The San Diego Loyal SC will provide direction and guidance to our volunteer coaches, co-branded youth soccer league jerseys, and at least on play appearance on a Saturday game day (pending play availability. As the mental health partner for San Diego Loyal SC, Rady Children's Hospital will provide resources to our players on self-confidence, positive relationships and resilience.
“We are thrilled to have the YMCA of San Diego County as an official partner of San Diego Loyal,” said Shannon Mac Millan, Vice President of Community Relations for SD Loyal. “Our primary goal as a Club is to celebrate and unite San Diego. With 14 YMCA branches throughout the region from Oceanside to Chula Vista, this partnership will serve as a conduit for the local soccer community to come together and recognize the unique neighborhoods that make this region the best in the country.”
The partnership also includes integrated content and branding opportunities within select YMCA soccer facilities.
“For more than 60 years, Rady Children’s has provided specialized care to our region’s young athletes to keep them healthy, active and in the game,” said Dr. Patrick Frias, MD, President & CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “Our collaboration with San Diego Loyal SC and YMCA’s youth soccer leagues represents a fantastic new opportunity to support wellness in our community.”
Throughout the upcoming Spring soccer season the organizations will also work together to identify and offer a range of experiences and opportunities to grow the game of soccer while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for San Diego’s youth.
“The YMCA and SD Loyal are very much aligned in both our healthy living and youth development efforts,” said Todd Tibbits, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. “We are happy to begin working with San Diego Loyal SC on an educational digital platform targeting youth health and wellness so all San Diego residents can reach their full potential and thrive.”
For more information about the YMCA of San Diego County, visit www.ymcasd.org.
About the YMCA of San Diego County
The YMCA of San Diego County is one of the largest Y associations in the nation, serving nearly 500,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 5,500 people (pre-COVID). Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit ymcasd.org to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).
About San Diego Loyal Soccer Club
Launched on June 19, 2019, San Diego Loyal SC is a men’s professional soccer team that competes in The USL Championship, one of the fastest-growing professional soccer leagues in the world. In just its second season in 2021, San Diego Loyal SC saw record crowds at Torero Stadium and secured a playoff spot for the first time in their short history. The club is led by Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis, the youngest principal owner in The USL Championship and Landon Donovan, one of the most decorated soccer players in the U.S. who serves as EVP and First Team Manager. Veteran soccer executive, Ricardo Campos, is serving as the club’s president. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.