IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County Soccer Club unveiled its 2021 kit this week, paying homage to Hoag health care workers of Orange County, who emerged among the many heroes of the community over the past thirteen months. To celebrate the sacrifice of these workers, OCSC invited a diverse array of Hoag employees to represent their workforce as official Hoag Community Champions’ this season.
Hoag has been the club’s jersey partner since June 2017, and has been at the forefront of the tireless work done by health care workers in the community all year long.
“In sports we are taught to focus on the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back,” said Jeff Garner, Orange County Soccer Club President of Business Operations. “When looking back on the past year, we felt it was critically important to take this opportunity to honor our partner Hoag and their employees for all they have given to our community.”
Following Saturday’s preseason match against USL Championship rival LA Galaxy II, several Hoag Community Champion employees were invited out to Championship Soccer Stadium for a special kit launch video shoot with the club. Each of the participating Hoag employees will receive their own personalized OCSC kits and a signed ball at the OCSC Home Opener on Saturday, May 22nd.
Orange County SC welcomed several Hoag Community Champion employees to Championship Stadium this past Saturday for the club's preseason contest with the LA Galaxy II. | Photo courtesy Orange County SC
Orange County SC will continue to honor the Hoag Community Champions throughout the season as part of their commitment to all frontline workers.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been an all-hands-on-deck commitment from a multi-disciplinary team of Hoag leaders and staff to care for our community,” said Marcy Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer at Hoag. “We are proud of the passion and commitment of our staff and honored to join the OC Soccer Club in celebrating both the start of their 2021 season and our health care heroes.”