South Central Soccer Academy in Indianapolis Kicks Off Season with Franciscan Health Sports Medicine
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis will lend its sports medicine expertise to the South Central Soccer Academy (SCSA) under a new partnership formed by the two organizations.
The hospital is the exclusive provider of sports medicine and will have athletic trainers on hand for weekend games at the academy's indoor and outdoor facilities when the home season gets under way April 14. The sprawling 46-acre complex is located at 4899 Whiteland Road, Bargersville.
"I enjoy the challenge of supporting young athletes as they hone their skills and achieve their goals at all levels," said Sean Calloway, MD, of Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists in Indianapolis, who serves as SCSA's team physician. "We’re proud to join with South Central Soccer Academy, which has a strong reputation as one of the largest youth development programs in this area."
Dr. Calloway, a lifelong soccer player, spent part of February and March in La Manga, Spain, where he served as head team physician for the US Women's Under-18 National Soccer Team. It was his second round as head team physician for USA Soccer; last fall he was the head team physician for the US Women's Under-19 National Team at an international tournament in Duyun, China.
The Franciscan Health trainers also will conduct weekly wellness/injury checks and special presentations to participants, parents and league officials throughout the season.
The SCSA campus is the largest privately owned complex of its kind in Indiana. Annually, the organization serves more than 2,600 youngsters who play on an estimated 250 teams. Also, SCSA hosts two of the state’s largest soccer tournaments in June and October.
"It's a privilege to partner with one of Indianapolis' premier hospitals, knowing our players will receive the best care possible," said Steve Campbell, who has served as SCSA's executive director for five years. "More special is that Dr. Calloway is not only a medical expert but has participated extensively in soccer as a player and team physician for many years."
The new partnership will enable the academy to provide scholarships so that needy youngsters can participate.
"Our goal is we never want to turn a kid away, that they are given every opportunity to enjoy soccer with other youngsters," Campbell said.
Another beneficiary of the partnership is SCSA's TOPSoccer, an eight-week program for players with physical and developmental challenges. It is free of charge and takes place on Saturday mornings at the Bargersville facility.
This isn't Franciscan Health's first experience working with soccer athletes. It has been the exclusive sports medicine provider to the St. Francis Soccer Club for many years. The club – located on the city's south side in Franklin Township – offers various recreational and competitive leagues to youth ages 4-19.
Learn more about sports medicine programs through Franciscan Health.
By Joe Stuteville
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