ST. LOUIS, MO (February 6, 2020) – The XFL St. Louis BattleHawks and SSM Health announced today a new partnership designating SSM Health as the team’s official medical provider. SSM will provide medical services to BattleHawks’ players for training, game days and recovery. SSM Health and SLUCare professionals will serve as the team’s gameday medical staff and will be present on the sidelines to attend to players’ health needs.
Throughout the BattleHawks’ season, the team and SSM Health will partner on “commUNITY huSTLe Days,” engaging and serving the St. Louis community through volunteer programs and activities with players, coaches and staff from both organizations. Planned community initiatives include hospital visits, blood drives, military appreciation events and youth flag football games. CommUNITY huSTLe kicks off this Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Operation Food Search, a local hunger-relief organization.
“SSM Health is excited to be part of bringing professional football back to St. Louis, and we’re pleased to provide medical care and certified athletic trainer support for the 2020 XFL season and beyond,” said Dr. Cody Bellard, SSM Health Sports Medicine physician. “The BattleHawks have already become a vibrant part of our region’s sports community, and we know even greater things are ahead.”
Nationally renowned sports orthopedist Dr. George Paletta will serve as medical director, in collaboration with SLUCare/SSM Health Sports Medicine specialists Dr. Bellard and Dr. Scott Kaar and a team of additional sports medicine physicians and certified athletic trainers. Dr. Jamil Neme will serve as head family medicine physician for the team.
SSM Health joins Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Select, Ameren and McDonald’s as BattleHawks’ founding partners for the team’s upcoming season.
The BattleHawks begin their season with two games on the road at the Dallas Renegades on Sunday, February 9 at 4 p.m. Central on ESPN and at the Houston Renegades on Sunday, February 16 at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. The team will return to St. Louis for its home opener versus the New York Guardians on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. Central at The Dome at America’s Center and broadcast on ESPN.
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