COLUMBIA, Mo. and TAMPA, Fla., July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri Care, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced today a sponsorship benefiting the youth football program at the Show-Me State Games (SMSG), an Olympic-style sports festival for all ages and ability levels. The games take place in June and July throughout the city of Columbia. In addition to the summer games, the SMSG offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun.
Participants have the opportunity to compete in more than 40 sports, including non-Olympic sports such as football, disc golf and pickleball. In 2015, more than 24,000 participants represented 113 of Missouri's 114 counties. Missouri Care will "adopt" the youth football competitions and its associates will volunteer to help with event activities such as team check-ins, water distribution and field marshalling.
"Missouri Care is proud to sponsor the 2016 Show-Me State Games," said Lou Gianquinto, Missouri Care president. "As the largest state games in the nation, it provides all Missourians a chance to be active, while experiencing the excitement and pride of representing their counties."
"The Show-Me State Games is thankful that Missouri Care is supporting the games through our Adopt-A-Sport patron program," said Emily Lorenz, marketing coordinator for Show-Me State Games. "Missouri Care's support of youth football will help the games further our mission to provide an opportunity for all Missourians to participate in an activity supporting health, fitness, family and fun."
As an Adopt-A-Sport patron, Missouri Care associates have the opportunity to present medals to the winners as well as be featured in the Opening Ceremonies parade at Mizzou Arena.
As of Mar. 31, 2016, Missouri Care and WellCare serve approximately 130,000 members in Missouri, including 117,000 MO HealthNet Managed Care (Medicaid) members and 13,000 Medicare Prescription Drug members.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 3.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 20016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.