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Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Philadelphia Union host student soccer clinic

By October 12, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

Students participating as part of the Foundation’s ‘Healthy Futures’ program

Philadelphia, PA – October 12, 2015


The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) and Philadelphia Union will host 80 fourth and fifth grade students — and their parents — from Healthy Futures schools at an after-school soccer clinic at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union’s home stadium. Students will practice their soccer skills with a Philadelphia Union player on the field while parents and siblings watch from the sidelines.

Healthy Futures is a three-year, $3 million comprehensive, collaborative approach to combating obesity and improving child wellness in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Healthy Futures focuses on three components of healthy living — “Eat Right,” “Get Fit” and “Stay Well” — each brought to life in area schools through partnerships with national and regional leaders with expertise in nutrition, fitness and preventative health care. Launched in August 2013, Healthy Futures now offers programming in 25 regional schools, directly impacting more than 1,000 students and their families.

As part of “Get Fit,” the Philadelphia Union visits schools to teach students about exercise and ways to stay healthy. These special events feature fitness activities for the kids and personalized soccer skills training with select Philadelphia Union players. The players also talk to the kids about leading healthy lifestyles, including the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and getting enough sleep.


Friday, October 12, 2015, 4 – 5:30 p.m.


Philadelphia Union’s practice facilities located next to PPL Park
One Stadium Drive
Chester, PA 19013


Philadelphia Union soccer player Brian Carroll
80 fourth and fifth grade students from Healthy Futures schools throughout the region
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

Media Contact
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
610-667-9537 (cell)

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.