The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics Department has announced Mayo Clinic Health System has committed to providing corporate sponsorship for all 19 of the Eagles' varsity programs. The collaboration was announced at a press conference Wednesday morning at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.
The collaboration includes naming Jake Erickson, D.O., family and sports medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System as the UW-La Crosse Athletics Team Physician, creating research “think tanks” between UW-La Crosse faculty members and Mayo Clinic Health System physicians, and offering educational opportunities to the campus and community.
UW-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics will incorporate Mayo Clinic Health System branding into its promotional opportunities.
“Even though we have two very different industries coming together, we have two organizations that are working towards the same goals,” says UW-La Crosse Director of Athletics Kim Blum. “I really believe we have managed to take both entities’ culture and beliefs into consideration and have come up with something that is very meaningful and beneficial to many.”
“The health and safety of student-athletes, is very important to Mayo Clinic Health System,” says Erickson. “We are proud to be a part of the excitement of UW-La Crosse Athletics and I look forward to working with the student-athletes as the medical director for the program.”
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
The La Crosse based Franciscan Healthcare is a joint collaboration between Mayo Clinic Health System and co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA). The relationship first formed in 1995 when Franciscan Skemp Healthcare became part of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Health System. The FSPA founded St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse in 1883. Skemp Clinic was later founded in 1923 by Dr. Archibald Skemp.
UW-La Crosse is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III
and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The Eagles offer 19 varsity programs with over 600 student-athletes. UW-La Crosse has won 71 national championships in school history, including 43 in NCAA Division III. The 43 national titles ranks second in NCAA III history. The Eagles have earned 168 individual national titles in NCAA III history, third-most in the country.
The Eagles have captured 37 national titles since 2001, including a pair in 2016-17 when the men's indoor and outdoor track & field teams swept the NCAA III Championships. The success continues in the WIAC where UW-La Crosse won eight titles in 2016-17. The Eagles have won 396 conference titles in school history.
“I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude for Mayo Clinic Health System’s support,” adds Blum. “This agreement will truly help us Build Champions and make an impact on the lives of our student-athletes.”
Press ContactRick Thiesse