New York, N.Y., July 20, 2021– Fidelis Care, a health plan serving more than 2.5 million members across New York State, is proud to announce the continuation of a long-standing partnership with New York City Football Club (NYCFC), the reigning champion of Major League Soccer. As NYCFC’s official health insurance partner, Fidelis Care is working with the team to promote health and wellness in local communities.
Highlighting the partnership is “Free Football for All,” a unique youth soccer program offering free soccer clinics across New York City boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County. Launched in 2021, Free Football for All has already reached more than 1,500 children and continues to attract boys and girls ages 7-14 with the opportunity to play soccer and learn teamwork and leadership skills in safe, outdoor settings – all at no cost for families. Families interested in registering may visit https://www.nycfc.com/youth/freefootball.
"Fidelis Care is proud to extend our partnership with New York City Football Club," said Pam Hassen, Chief Member Engagement Officer. "As a leading local health plan, our goal is to promote the importance of health and wellness not only for our members, but for communities across the greater metropolitan area. We value the relationship with NYCFC and look forward to providing even more children with safe spaces for play and connection through the sport of soccer.”
Fidelis Care will also be presenting partner of the annual La Canchita Bloc Party, a community festival that uses the power of soccer to connect, educate, and celebrate children and families across New York City. Co-hosted with NYCFC, the La Canchita Bloc Party will take place at one of the 54 mini-pitches the Club helped construct in New York City. The annual event will feature food, entertainment, and soccer, bringing families together to play, celebrate local diversity and improve overall physical and mental health in local communities.
Andres Gonzalez, NYCFC Vice President of Partnerships, added: “Fidelis Care has been an incredible partner of New York City Football Club since 2017. We love working with like-minded organizations to create programs that add value to the communities we serve. Through the ‘Free Football For All’ program, we’ve reached over 1,500 children throughout the New York City metropolitan area and given children the opportunity to enjoy our sport and learn important life skills. We’re excited to renew our partnership and are committed to helping thousands of more children.”
Additionally, Fidelis Care Representatives will be present at select NYCFC games to provide parents with information about quality, affordable health insurance and answer any questions they may have.