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The not-for-profit health plan will sponsor the community-driven night, highlighting the communities of D.C., specifically spotlighting the Wards surrounding the Spirit’s home of Audi Field.
Washington, D.C. (09/1/2023) – On Sunday, September 3, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the official healthcare partner of the Washington Spirit, will be the presenting sponsor of the Spirit’s first “D.C. Ward Night” during the team’s match versus the Chicago Red Stars. The goal of the themed night is to celebrate the rich history of the city and its diverse neighborhoods, specifically honoring the communities and people of Wards 6, 7 and 8 — the area surrounding the Spirit’s home of Audi Field.
“The Spirit prides itself on servicing the communities that make up our home of Washington, D.C.,” said Cay Young, Washington Spirit Vice President of Revenue and Partnerships. “CareFirst is the perfect partner to collaborate with in this mission, and D.C. Ward Night serves as an excellent example of bringing these goals to life.”
Local businesses and community groups—including Peace For DC, The TraRon Center, Together We Rise Community Development Foundation, DC SCORES and Leveling the Playing Field (LPF)—will promote their services and resources on the Audi Field concourse. Fans, as well as local politicians and representatives from business improvement districts, can learn more about the organizations at their tables.
“The Spirit and CareFirst work closely to pursue partners that will best serve the communities of Washington, D.C.,” said Kimberly Harris, Director of Community Health and Social Impact for CareFirst. “There is a rich history in Wards 6, 7 and 8 that deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. This community partnership extends beyond the playing field and works toward our shared goal of creating better health equity by addressing the unique challenges facing these communities.”
Since the inception of the Spirit’s partnership with CareFirst, community service to underserved areas of D.C. has been paramount. In April, the Spirit and CareFirst announced their official partnership at the Excel Academy in Washington, D.C., an all-girls public school in Ward 8, which focuses on creating more opportunities for women and girls in soccer. By building their confidence, teamwork, leadership and more, players are empowered to become physically and emotionally healthy adults.
Wanice Edwards, STEAM Coordinator at Excel Academy, who led efforts at Excel Academy to install DC SCORES programming, will be selected as an honorary Spirit team captain. She will be recognized for her embodiment of the Spirit and CareFirst’s mission, and a commitment to the young girls of Ward 8. Excel Academy students will attend Sunday’s match, creating a banner to be displayed in the Supporters Section, as well as selecting the post-game Young Supporters Player of the Match.
CareFirst and the Spirit are both long supporters of Wards 6, 7 and 8, which further entwines their shared mission of improved health and equity for Washington D.C. Over the last year, the Spirit has participated in numerous community engagement events, including SERVE DC’s Youth Day of Service at the Well at Oxon Run. CareFirst and the Spirit have both worked with DC SCORES to engage these areas via several outreach programs including the summer STEAM camp, visits to DC SCORES schools, the East Side Poetry Slam and Junior Jamboree, and more.
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
In its 86th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit healthcare company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.5 million individuals and employers in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2022, CareFirst invested $24.1 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of healthcare throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at www.carefirst.com and our transforming healthcare page at www.carefirst.com/transformation, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.