HAMMOND, La. (WVUE) - The basketball court inside of the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University now has a new name.
North Oaks Health System and Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics announced last week that they are strengthening their partnership and the naming rights to the court were a part of the deal that will last through 2023. The announcement was made in conjunction with Super Lion Saturday, which was held on March 6, during the Lions’ season-opening win over McNeese 25-20.
“From the provision of physicals and on-campus clinics for primary and orthopaedic care to elite sports medicine services inclusive of nutrition, performance enhancement, and injury prevention, we are committed to addressing the care of student-athletes holistically,” said Jessica Bennett, Vice President of Orthopaedic Services. “Our approach punctuates the fact that health care is much like a team sport.”
For several years, Southeastern Athletics has served as a partner in North Oaks Sports Medicine’s high school physical annual event. North Oaks Sports Medicine also has a clinic on SLU’s campus that area prep athletics always have access to in-season.
“The strengthening of our partnership could not have come at a better time in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SLU Athletic Director Jay Artigues. “North Oaks was with us every step of the way providing expert guidance and support to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaching staff and personnel, as we navigated uncharted territory.”
North Oaks professionals also said that they assisted the university in being in-line with COVID-19 safety protocols to meet NCAA and Southland Conference standards.
“Many of our staff members and volunteers have deep ties and allegiances to the university, myself included,” said President/Chief Executive Officer Michele Sutton.“Athletics is just one of many partnerships shared between our health system and the university. In Southeastern, North Oaks has a like-minded community partner, and it is our distinct honor and privilege to work with our hometown university to ensure the health and safety of their student-athletes on the playing field and in the classroom, as well as improve life for Louisianans.”
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