Nov 1, 2023
MSU, Mayo Clinic agree to $4 million partnership for sports medicine services

Minnesota State University (MSU) announced a partnership between its athletic programs and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

The agreement takes effect December 1 and is part of a $4.14 million partnership that covers nearly six years.

msuA recent story from Yahoo! Sports detailed the agreement between MSU and the Mayo Clinic Health System. Below is an excerpt from the Yahoo! Sports story.

During the contract, Mayo will provide sideline medical coverage at MSU Maverick football games, men’s and women’s hockey games, plus other sports as part of 450 hours per year of additional services, said Dr. Robert Freed, sports medicine director at Mayo in Mankato.

“We feel this is just an organic growth of our practice, and professionally it feels good to bring this type of care to people who live down the street or live down the corner,” he said. “We see some of them on occasion, but being able to be there on the sideline now, we’re all pretty honored and excited to be able to closely work with them.”

MSU agreed to the contract after completing a request for proposal, or RFP, process earlier this year. Minnesota State Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman announced the partnership and described it as an aligning of “Minnesota State Athletics with one of the most recognizable brand names in the medical industry.

“This immediately further elevates the perception of our program and speaks volumes about our commitment to success,” he stated in a release. “Mayo Clinic Health System is a world-class health organization and we are grateful for the investment they will be making in Maverick Athletics. We look forward to the start of an exciting new journey together.”

The university previously had a sports medicine partnership with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic. An MSU announcement from 2019 stated the partnership with OFC and Sanford Health included $425,000 in donated medical services and $1.31 million in donations.

To read the full story from Yahoo! Sports about the MSU partnership, click here. 

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