Seattle Sounders FC and Providence have announced a new partnership aimed at supporting the mental health and wellness of local youth — starting with the Renton School District.
The collaboration kicked off at Renton High School earlier this week and will see the two organizations work with district leaders to further develop, execute, and provide support for mental health services for students.
“From our earliest conversations with Providence, this partnership was always about shared values, especially our combined organizational commitment to our region’s youth and making communities healthier places to live,” said Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer in a release. “In our club’s view, working with community-minded partners is critical to Sounders FC’s overall mission, and in Providence we have found a partner that is deeply vested in the Puget Sound region and whose values and goals align with our own.”
The release said that the collaborative partnership might entail:
- Increasing access to school-based mental-health services for students;
- Implementing educational programs designed to increase awareness of mental-health concerns;
- Normalizing conversations around mental health, reducing surrounding stigma, and promoting resources available through Providence, the Renton School District, and other partners;
- Creating safe spaces for children to play;
- Providing sports camps incorporating mental wellbeing curricula; and
- Fostering a culture within local area schools to help every child prioritize mental well-being and be equipped to support their peers.
Providence Swedish also recently became the official medical service provider and official healthcare partner of Sounders FC, with physicians from Swedish Medical Group becoming Sounders FC’s team doctors.