BayHawks and LECOM Extend Partnership

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks have signed a five-year contract extension that will continue to have LECOM serve as the exclusive medical provider for the team, extending the multi-faceted marketing partnership through the team’s 2017-18 season.

“Since the very first season when we met the BayHawks owners and management, we’ve been impressed by the team’s motivation to promote the health of its players and the community,” said LECOM President John M. Ferretti, D.O. “We are committed to providing optimum health care for the team members through our Sports Medicine program and to joining the BayHawks as they compete for a championship.”

“LECOM is a tremendous asset to this community and their long-term commitment to our team from every level of their organization is remarkable,” said BayHawks lead local investor Owen McCormick. “We receive outstanding care from the LECOM medical team, have a state-of-the-art workout facility at the LECOM Wellness Center, and Dr. John and Dr. Silvia Ferretti are personally committed to seeing that the very best care is provided to each of our players, coaches and staff.”

Components of the partnership include:

- LECOM doctors will be the team’s exclusive medical provider and will supply the BayHawks a comprehensive health and wellness program including preventative care, nutrition education, injury treatment and rehabilitative services.

- The LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center will serve as the team’s official practice and workout facility providing practice time, strength and fitness training, nutritional meal options and more.

- New for this season, the BayHawks strength and conditioning routines will be enhanced as LECOM implements a program aligned with training used by the New York Knicks, the team’s NBA affiliate.

- LECOM will continue to serve as the team’s “presenting partner” and marquee marketing partner that, in addition to “LECOM” being placed on the team’s jerseys, includes various elements of signage, print and other mediums by which the BayHawks promote LECOM.

"Since their beginnings the BayHawks have strived to become a valuable partner to the Erie community, and there is no better example of their success in this regard than this multi-year partnership with an innovative, like-minded organization like LECOM," said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. "By providing world-class health care and athletic facilities for the BayHawks players and coaches, this partnership with LECOM helps further our league's development mission while amplifying the positive impact that the BayHawks can have in Erie County."

The BayHawks begin the season on Friday, November 23, at Fort Wayne against the Mad Ants and play their first home game on Saturday, December 1, at 7 p.m. versus the Canton Charge. Season tickets and group tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling the team offices at 814-790-5600.