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Chiesi to Become Presenting Sponsor of North Carolina Football Club’s Spread Your Wings Foundation

By NCFC Communications, 03/21/18, 10:30AM EDT


Club’s charitable arm to shift focus towards health and wellness in 2018

Cary, North Carolina (March 21, 2018) – The North Carolina Football Club announced today that Chiesi (key-A-zee), a Cary-based specialty pharmaceutical company, will become the presenting sponsor of the club’s charitable arm, Spread your Wings Foundation.
As part of the sponsorship, Chiesi will be collaborating with North Carolina Football Club throughout the 2018 season on community-focused events and outreach. The partnership will kick off on Saturday, March 24, at the NC Courage professional women’s home opener, which is Kicks 4 Kids Day, where families who would otherwise not be able to attend the game are provided tickets.
“This partnership with Spread Your Wings Foundation is part of our larger Chiesi in the Community corporate responsibility program,” said Ken McBean, President of Chiesi USA. “So many of our Chiesi family members take personal pride in rolling up their sleeves to support local organizations to make a positive difference in the lives of people in our community, and they are excited to contribute to this effort with North Carolina Football Club.”
2018 also signals a refresh of the Spread Your Wings mission, as the focus shifts toward health and wellness programs for elementary-aged children. The 501(c)3 nonprofit will look to rebrand in the coming months to align with the North Carolina Football Club and North Carolina Courage brands.
“Chiesi’s emphasis on supporting programs that focus on improving children’s wellness through health activities and lifestyle choices aligns perfectly with our mission,” said North Carolina Football Club President and GM Curt Johnson. “In addition to the company’s support of Kicks 4 Kids, they will also engage in activities focused on health and wellness of children and families throughout the 2018 season.”
More information on Spread Your Wings community initiatives sponsored by Chiesi will be announced at a later date on and
About Chiesi USA
Chiesi USA, Inc., headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercialization of products for the hospital, rare disease and target office-based specialties. Key elements of the company's strategy are to focus its commercial and development efforts in the hospital and adjacent specialty product sector within the U.S. pharmaceutical marketplace; continue to seek opportunities to acquire companies, marketed or registration-stage products and late-stage development products that fit within the Company's focus areas. Chiesi USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. For more information, visit
About Chiesi in the Community
Chiesi in the Community is Chiesi USA’s employee-led corporate social responsibility program. This mission of the program is to improve the health and well-being of the communities where we live and serve. CITC is comprised of four main pillars: Stakeholder Engagement; Local Sociocultural Enhancement, Therapeutic Areas and Keystone Initiative. Chiesi works with many non-profits in the Triangle area focused on underserved youth. In addition to local non-profit support, the company’s Keystone Initiative is focused on local elementary schools; working with staff, parents and local partners to implement sustainable programs designed to make positive change in the overall student learning experience. On a national scale, Chiesi continues to support the efforts of groups within the therapeutic areas they serve, such as the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and cystic fibrosis nonprofits.
About North Carolina Football Club
North Carolina Football Club is the largest youth-to-professional soccer organization in the country, home to 14,000 players. The club is comprised of a women’s First Division team, North Carolina Courage (NWSL), a men’s Second Division team, North Carolina FC (USL), as well as a Premier Development League team, North Carolina FC U23 (USLPDL). The organization is also home to both Boys and Girls U.S. Soccer Development Academies in collaboration with NCFC Youth effectively creating a true pyramid from youth recreational all the way to the professional teams. The North Carolina Football Club is owned by local entrepreneur, Steve Malik, and managed by North Carolina native and longtime soccer executive Curt Johnson. North Carolina Football Club was established in 2016 to bring the highest levels of men’s and women’s professional soccer to the state. For more information, please visit