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NJ Youth Soccer Renews Partnership with RWJBarnabas Health

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Partnership Highlights Include Title Sponsorship of NJYS Awards Dinner and Expanded Role Supporting TOPSoccer Programming Throughout New Jersey

East Windsor, N.J. (Dec. 16, 2019) - RWJBarnabas Health, the most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, has renewed its partnership as the Official Health Care Provider of New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS), a 501(c) (3) organization comprised of more than 100,000 players from 5 to 19 years-old; 20,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers.

Highlighting the partnership, RWJBarnabas Health will continue to serve as the Title Sponsor for the annual NJYS Awards Dinner, which will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. New for the 2020 season, RWJBarnabas Health will have an expanded role supporting TOPSoccer, an innovative program that provides an opportunity for boys or girls with special needs to learn and play the game of soccer.

Through this expanded partnership, RWJBarnabas Health will provide access to health information, tips on nutrition, injury prevention, and concussion education through community-based programs and special events in conjunction with NJYS and TOPSoccer programming.

"RWJBarnabas Health is delighted to renew our partnership with New Jersey Youth Soccer, while expanding our support of the TOPSoccer program, designed for boys and girls with special needs," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. "This partnership aligns with RWJBarnabas Health's mission to build healthier communities by promoting health and wellness initiatives and education in communities served across the state."

Each year, NJYS honors New Jersey youth players, teams, coaches, referees and volunteers for outstanding performances and contributions during the preceding year at the NJYS Annual Awards Dinner. RWJBarnabas Health serves as the title sponsor for the special evening that acknowledges many of the state's boys and girls U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series, Presidents Cup and Commissioners Cup champions, as well as players who have been selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer East Region Olympic Development Program pool team.

"On behalf of New Jersey Youth Soccer, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with RWJBarnabas Health," said Evelyn Gill, NJYS President. "The NJYS Awards Dinner is always a memorable night that celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of so many in the soccer community, and we are very grateful to RWJBarnabas Health for their tremendous support of the event. We are equally thankful for their support of health and safety initiatives, which now will expand into a more elaborate role with our TOPSoccer programming."

TOPSoccer is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The focus of the TOPSoccer program is on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than on competition. There are currently 19 youth soccer clubs that operate a TOPSoccer program in New Jersey, as young athletes with disabilities develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage, and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer. As part of the program, RWJBarnabasHealth will sponsor the TOPSoccer Coach and Buddy training courses, as well as the TOPSoccer Jamboree.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals - Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children's hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey's largest private employer - with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns - and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey's largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers' education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.