Chicago Area Partnership To Target Youth Lacrosse, Soccer Players


Chicago-area Sports camp producer Sports Made Personal (SMP) and Ivy Rehab have teamed on a program in which the sports therapy clinic network will provide sports medicine services, including physical therapy and athletic training, for SMP participants. In gaining the Official Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Provider of SMP title, Ivy Rehab will work with youngsters from FC United SC, FCU Development Academy, Trevian SC, and Team One Lacrosse.

“One of the things about SMP, that we’ve really prided ourselves on is innovation and communication with our athletes and their families,” said David Roth, SMP’s Executive Director. “We believe that one of the missing components to our player-level model is to make sure our athletes are healthy and in peak-shape throughout the year. Our partnership with Ivy will allow all of our athletes at any given moment, to have access to the highest quality of sports medicine services to assist in their recovery from injuries as well as maximizing their performance and development in conjunction with our best-in-class coaching and player development.”


“The partnership between Ivy Rehab and SMP is groundbreaking for Ivy. We are incredibly excited to provide the highest level of sports medicine injury prevention and recovery services to one of the most elite youth soccer and lacrosse clubs in Illinois,” said Jeremy VanDevender, Ivy’s Chief Development Officer. “We will be providing a full-time Athletic Trainer who will be solely dedicated to the SMP athletes and club leadership, as well as a licensed Physical Therapist who will be on-site to support the recovery needs of injured athletes. Together our team of expert clinicians, alongside SMP’s leadership, will be focused on injury prevention, wellness, return to play and the overall health of the SMP community of athletes, their families and all of the staff at SMP.”

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Eric Glow, Ivy’s VP of Operations for the Midwest added, “Something that we expect for the parents of SMP athletes to recognize as our partnership kicks off with the new fall season is the number of points of contact that we will provide to their kids. We are dedicated to their education, injury prevention, and working alongside SMP to provide a world-class experience for youth athletes that encompasses a focus on health, wellness and optimizing performance for each player.”

“This is more than just a sponsorship,” said SMP’s Baer Fischer. “The fact that our players will have access to an Athletic Trainer and team of experienced and dedicated Physical Therapists for both preventative measures, as well as recovery from injury, is something that we are really excited to offer to our players and their families alongside Ivy.”

In addition to the partnership with SMP, Ivy is also excited to announce the pending opening of a new stand-alone physical therapy center in Glenview, Illinois, that will also be open to the general public. The residents of Glenview and the surrounding communities will receive the same level of best-in-class care for their physical therapy needs as the athletes of SMP.

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Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at jerry (at) jerrymilani (dot) com.