Mercy and Maine Red Claws Announce Partnership and Youth Fund

Mercy named team’s health care provider; Best Shot for Youth Initiative helps community and youth

In celebration of their partnership with the Maine
Red Claws, Mercy Hospital installed a giant
Red Claws banner on the side of their new Fore River facility
PORTLAND, ME (August 24, 2009) - Today, the leaders of Mercy Hospital and the new Maine Red Claws basketball team announced a business partnership and a joint effort to benefit the community and improve and impact the lives of southern Maine youth.

Maine Red Claws President and General Manager, Jon Jennings, told a group gathered at Mercy that the hospital has been selected as the exclusive hospital and health care provider for the Red Claws organization, and Mercy’s Dr. Peter Ameglio will serve as the team physician.

“We chose Mercy because they are a strong community hospital and have an outstanding orthopedic, joint replacement and foot and ankle program. We feel very fortunate that we will have Dr. Ameglio and Mercy Hospital look after our team,” said Jennings. “In addition to the excellent medical care that we know our players will receive, we were drawn to the hospital’s strong community involvement. The Red Claws strive to be as involved in the community as possible, and through this partnership with Mercy, we will be able to further that impact.”

In addition to their business partnership, Mercy Hospital CEO Eileen Skinner announced the creation of the Mercy/Red Claws Best Shot for Youth Initiative to raise funds for free sports physicals, at Mercy’s Primary Care locations in Portland, Westbrook, Windham and Standish, for York and Cumberland County students in grades 6-12 who do not have a primary care physician or who are currently Mercy’s primary care patients.

“The Red Claws owners, staff and players share Mercy’s core mission of improving our community—we’re thrilled to serve the team and partner to make a difference in the lives of our children and their families in our area.” said Mercy’s Eileen Skinner.

The Best Shot for Youth Initiative will seek financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations who want to support local youth through Best Shot free-throw tournaments featuring area youth and the Red Claws staff and players. The first Best Shot for Youth Tournament will take place this fall.

Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge took part in the announcement and added, “The Best Shot for Youth Initiative is an important way for the Red Claws’ staff, coaches and players to give back through community projects and form positive and mentor relationships with area youth. We’re looking forward to supporting the Best Shot for Youth Tournament and to helping raise funds so that kids who are not otherwise able to afford school physicals necessary to participate on their school’s teams will get a chance to compete.”

Anyone interested in joining Mercy and the Red Claws in the Best Shot for Youth Initiative to support area youth should call (207) 233-1040.