SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse, and MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, are announcing a marketing partnership that deepens and extends the current relationship between the two organizations through 2021.

US Lacrosse and MedStar Health have worked in partnership since 2007 and have collaborated to make a significant impact on health and safety in the sport. The new partnership agreement defines several areas of cooperation, including greater Team USA involvement, research support for the US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science, coordinated educational offerings for players, coaches and parents, and joint marketing and communication efforts.

“Our longstanding partnership with MedStar Health has been invaluable to the advancement of our player safety goals, and I’m both excited and thankful that the relationship continues to expand and strengthen,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen. “MedStar’s support of our injury research, U.S. National Teams and educational interventions represents a national best-practice collaboration of complementary strengths that will positively impact US Lacrosse and our sport for years to come.”

MedStar Health is also a presenting partner of the US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium, a biennial event designed to provide the lacrosse and medical communities with the latest sport-specific research findings and injury prevention and treatment interventions.

“The partnership between US Lacrosse and MedStar Health is a national model for relationships between sport governing bodies and healthcare systems for best practices in healthcare research, education and treatment,” said Dr. Richard Hinton, Medical Director, MedStar Sports Medicine. “Our ultimate shared goal is continually improved sport participant safety.” 

MedStar Health will be recognized as a “main partner” for the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse, and has been granted a designation as “Official Sports Medicine Partner of US Lacrosse/Team USA.” A key objective of this close collaboration will be the establishment of best practices in injury prevention that will benefit the U.S. National Teams. 

“I am excited to see the formalization of a more longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between US Lacrosse and MedStar Health. The partnership will support our U.S. National Teams, as well as safety and performance research funded by our Center for Sport Science,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse and MedStar Health will utilize their respective communication channels to raise awareness of the partnership’s impact and shine a spotlight on sport health and safety initiatives. 

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 450,000 members in 68 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at uslacrosse.org, fb.com/uslacrosse and @uslacrosse, respectively.  

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute, and a comprehensive scope of health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,000 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, please visit www.MedStarHealth.org.