Virtua Named Presenting Sponsor for Sports & Education Expo
Due to the recent snowfall and forecast of inclement weather for this weekend, the Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo, scheduled for December 13-15, has been postponed.
Virtua, South Jersey's premier healthcare provider, has signed on to be the Presenting Sponsor at the inaugural Sports & Education Expo, December 13-15, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Paul Kasper, Director of Sports Medicine at Virtua, said, “We are very excited to present the health and wellness component of the Sports & Education Expo which is geared towards youth sports. The number of young athletes involved in sports year-round and experiencing sports injuries is on the rise. We welcome the opportunity to educate parents, athletes, coaches and all others involved in youth sports on how to best prevent and recognize sports injuries.”
“Virtua’s health and wellness expertise, especially in sports medicine, is a tremendous asset for anyone involved in youth sports,” said Perry Gold of Moorestown, NJ, one of the Expo’s three Managing Partners. “We are honored to have them onboard.”
As Presenting Sponsor, Virtua will provide lectures, screenings and demonstrations about concussions, heat illness, pre-season conditioning, over-use injuries, joint replacements, women’s sports and general health, sports nutrition and sports podiatry. At the Expo, Virtua will also provide CPR certification classes, an Athletic Trainer’s Continuing Education seminar, Simulation Lab used for medical training, and the Virtua Motion lab for biomechanical assessment with video analysis.
Virtua is also partnering with the Sports & Education Expo in several events prior to the December Expo, including an April 13 basketball tournament in which wheelchair athletes from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia will play the Washington Township freshman basketball team at The Virtua Total Turf Experience in Pitman, NJ, between 2 and 3 pm. Mid-game, the freshman players will get into wheelchairs and experience what it’s like to play as athletes with disabilities.
In its premiere year, The Sports & Education Expo will provide youth sports, education and health & wellness resources for anyone involved in or interested in the sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, football, tennis and rowing. This includes parents, athletes and future athletes, ages 5-18, coaches, athletic directors, trainers, administrators and guidance counselors. In addition to covering multiple sports, the Sports & Education Expo will also include special needs sports, 300 Exhibit Booths featuring the latest in technology and equipment, a College Fair of more than 100 colleges for athletes and non-athletes, financial aid resources, celebrities, interactive activities and autograph opportunities.
In addition to Perry Gold, fellow Managing Partners at The Sports & Education Expos, LLC, include Perry’s wife and business partner, Sherri Gold, Event Director, and Marc Rosenthal, Managing Partner, from Haddonfield who is the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Special Events Society. All three partners have decades of experience across the country in youth sports, event management and growing new businesses.
“As a comprehensive healthcare system with locations throughout South Jersey and clinical alliances with nationally renowned Philadelphia-based organizations, such as CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), we are very pleased to participate in the Sports & Education Expo in Philadelphia with South Jersey-based Managing Partners, “ said Virtua CEO Richard P. Miller. “We pride ourselves on innovation and the highest quality care, and are pleased to play a leadership role in an inaugural event focused on those same aspects on behalf of young athletes.”
According to Sherri Gold, “One of the most important aspects of the Sports & Education Expo is the wellness component. Today’s kids are under all types of pressure to perform athletically and academically, often at great risk to their physical and mental health. Programming on health and wellness at the Expo is specifically designed to help our youth and all those who support them with these issues so they can maximize all the positive aspects of athletics and academics while reducing the stressors.”
Marc Rosenthal, added, “Virtua is a tremendous resource to our community, and will provide multiple benefits at our Expo. We are delighted to welcome Virtua as our Presenting Sponsor, and look forward to a very successful collaboration.”
For more information, visit www.sportseducationexpo.com.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org