(Pittsburgh, June 3rd) - Pittsburgh City United’s owner and club president Michael Anton Monsour provided further details about the teams plans for their upcoming inaugural season as well as announcing a new 5 year partnership with Full90, one of the world leaders in protective headgear. Clayton Jacobs, President of the Pennsylvania chapter for the Alzheimer's Association made an appearance to offer words of support for the organizations efforts to spread awareness.
"I want to start by thanking Michael Monsour, Pittsburgh City United, and the UPSL for their leader ship in this important effort. It is fitting as well that we are here at the beginning of June which is Alzheimer's and brain awareness month nation wide. Alzheimer's disease is a devastating disease that impacts too many family's with 280,000 people diagnoses in Pennsylvania and half a million family's providing direct care. Their experiences with the disease are a core driver of our work at the Alzheimer's Association.
But they’re just one aspect of it. As we know with every person diagnosed their community and those around them are impacted as well. That can mean their neighborhood, their workplace, their place of worship, their book club, their sports league, and so much more."
Clayton Jacobs, President Pennsylvania Chapter for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pittsburgh City United FC has agreed to donate 50% of all profits from ticket sales and merchandise to the Alzheimer’s Association as well as commit a minimum of four hours per player, coach, and executive staff member each Fall and Spring Season.
The team will also require all players to wear protective head gear for their games, which Full90 has agreed to provide in an effort to spread awareness of the need of stronger safety measures when it comes to head trauma in soccer.
Full90 Sports LLC is recognized in the soccer community as the company that brought attention to the issue of concussions; and is the leader in protective headgear for soccer players worldwide.
Now under the leadership of CEO Tim Killeen, the company’s mission was and still is to raise awareness about head injuries and concussions, and ultimately assist in the adoption of new equipment and rules in soccer to reduce head injuries. During our journey, we have met and helped a lot of pro and amateur players suffering from head injuries, on and off the field. We are proud that some of the players we helped, had such a strong connection to our mission that they eventually became employees.
According to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled, “The Effectiveness of Protective Headgear in Reducing Concussions and Head Injuries in Adolescent Soccer Players,” players NOT wearing Full90 headgear during the study experienced 2.7 times as many concussion symptoms than those who wore the headgear.
Mr. Monsour also discussed a Marvel superhero themed regular season game due to the team recently committing to Admiral sports one of the oldest and most respected kit makers in the world. Admiral will supply their home, away, and Alzheimer's Walk Special Edition jersey's for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Seasons. Admiral recently teamed up with Marvel to design soccer jersey's for some of the world's most celebrated Marvel superheroes.