Providence expands community partnership with Portland Timbers and Thorns; teams rename their home field "Providence Park"

February 10, 2014
Providence Health & Services, the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC today announced they are expanding their existing community partnership to help improve health and wellness across our region. Working alongside the Timbers and Thorns, who will rename their home field Providence Park, Providence will extend s involvement into new areas, including:
  • The revival of the Special Olympics Fall Games in 2014, which will have a new home at Providence Park. Hundreds of local Special Olympics athletes take part in these games.
  • Providence will become a presenting partner of “Somos Timbers,” the team’s outreach to Hispanic communities that includes leadership events for students, soccer clinics and heritage celebrations.
  • Providence will become a Founding Partner of the Portland Timbers Community Fund, which awarded $120,000 to youth-focused nonprofit organizations in 2013. 
  • Providence will also partner in youth soccer camps and field-restoration projects across the region. 
“We were honored when the Timbers approached us about expanding our partnership,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “The Timbers, like Providence, have a proven track record of giving back to our communities. Together, we look forward to making a difference.”

That difference has already been noted by Dony Knight, a Special Olympics athlete who is looking forward to the return of the Fall Games. At today’s announcement, Dony expressed his gratitude, saying, “I would like to say thank you to my friend Timber Joey and to Providence for supporting Special Olympics.”

When the Timbers and Thorns are not playing in front of Portland’s passionate soccer fans, Providence Park will be used as a community gathering location. “This partnership signifies a huge commitment to the community from the largest private employer in Oregon,” said Merritt Paulson, president of the Timbers. “It will also keep Providence Park the name of our facility for years to come.”

“Every Timbers event is a teachable moment to encourage fitness and wellness at any age,” said James Beckerman, M.D., cardiologist with Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Timbers’ cardiologist.  “Standing together, with the Timbers, we look forward to inspiring the people in our communities to be more active, lead healthier lives and have fun.”

As it has in past years, Providence Park will serve as home to several popular health and wellness events, including the Providence Bridge Pedal Health & Wellness Expo and kickoff activities for Providence Hood to Coast and Providence Portland to Coast. Providence Park also will play host to a variety of sports and entertainment events such collegiate and high school athletic events, youth soccer camps, concerts, and both private and public functions. Fans may access up-to-date information on Providence Park and its complete calendar of events at www.ProvidenceParkPDX.com

The expanded partnership between the Timbers and Providence expands upon an established relationship between the two organizations. Providence has been a founding partner of the Timbers since 2010. Last year, Providence became the official presenting partner of Portland Thorns FC, the defending National Women’s Soccer League champions, and the club’s primary jersey sponsor. In addition, Providence Sports Care Center, a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art sports care center located at the southeast corner of Providence Park, was built as part of the recent renovations to the stadium and serves both the community and professional athletes. Providence Medical Group also provides the primary care physicians for both the Timbers and Thorns.