WPIAL and UPMC Renew Sponsorship Agreement
PITTSBURGH, June 18, 2015
– The WPIAL
Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new five-year agreement with the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine
as an “Official Sponsor” of the WPIAL, making them the title sponsor for all WPIAL championship events through the 2019-20 school year. The championship finals in all sports will be designated the WPIAL-UPMC Center for Sports Medicine Championships.
“We are pleased to become the title sponsor of an interscholastic league that provides wonderful opportunities to tens of thousands of western Pennsylvania athletes every year. UPMC’s clinical care excellence, research, educational mission and community benefits are staples to the WPIAL,” said John Innocenti, president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
The revenue from official sponsors facilitates the League’s efforts to host championships at top-notch venues such as Heinz Field, Petersen Events Center, Riverhounds Event Center and Consol Energy Park. The sponsorship also allows the WPIAL Sports Medicine Committee to continue with the resources and support of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. According to WPIAL President, Tim O’Malley, “The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine has a long and successful heritage involving schools, kids and families. The WPIAL is delighted in having UPMC Center for Sports Medicine as the League's official title sponsor."
UPMC Sports Medicine treats hundreds of high-school athletes throughout the region and partners with more WPIAL school districts than any other single health care group in the area.
“As one of the nation’s leading health care providers, researchers and innovators for professional, college and high school teams, UPMC sports medicine is proud to strengthen our bond with the WPIAL,” said Freddie H. Fu, M.D., professor and chair, orthopaedic surgery, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.
Founded in 1906, the WPIAL is a charter member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The WPIAL helps to establish and enforce the PIAA eligibility rules and sponsors interscholastic athletic tournaments for boys and girls in baseball, basketball, cross country, girls’ field hockey, football, golf, girls’ gymnastics, lacrosse, rifle, swimming/diving, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The League’s membership includes 135 high schools and 164 junior high and middle schools.