The Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League) and DuPage Medical Group have struck a multi-year partnership that includes naming rights to the newly minted DuPage Medical Group Field.
Through the partnership, DuPage Medical Group (DMG) will serve as the stadium name sponsor, official medical provider, Friday night fireworks sponsor, Military Appreciation Night sponsor and home run sponsor. As home run sponsor, each time a Slammers player hits a home run during a home game, the team will donate $50 to the DMG Charitable Fund – a charitable organization created by DMG that supports more than 30 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through grants, in-kind donations and volunteer service from DMG physicians and employees.
Offering primary and specialty care in more than 100 suburban Chicago locations, DMG’s roots run deep in the south suburbs with more than 30 clinic locations across Blue Island, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Hazel Crest, Homer Glen, Joliet, Mokena, Morris, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Shorewood and Tinley Park.
“We strive to make healthcare better for the communities we serve by offering high quality, compassionate healthcare,” said Dr. Paul Merrick, DMG Co-CEO and President. “We hope that through this partnership, members of the Joliet and surrounding south suburban communities will know that whether they’re facing an injury that comes out of left field or they’re in need of primary or specialty care – DMG is here for them.”
Dr. Michael Murphy, DMG orthopaedic and sports medicine physician, will serve as the head team physician of the Joliet Slammers. Dr. Murphy, who previously served as a team physician for the Detroit Pistons (NBA) and the Detroit Shock (WNBA), brings a unique understanding of the health and wellness needs of athletes along with expertise in treating sports injuries. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s success by working to keep them healthy and on the field,” said Dr. Murphy.
“We’re excited to partner with DMG because of their strong south suburban presence,” said Nick Semaca, Joliet Slammers majority owner. “Both DMG and the Slammers are committed to providing family-friendly activities that will inspire members of our community to live life well.”
Mayor Bob O’Dekirk from the City of Joliet added, “This is great news and an excellent addition to downtown Joliet. Congratulations to the Slammers for securing this sponsorship.”
Rendering courtesy Joliet Slammers.