The WesternU Foot & Ankle Center is now a proud sponsor of Claremont AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), which opens its fall season this week.

“We felt it would provide good visibility for the center and good support of community athletics,” said Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, Medical Director of the Foot & Ankle Center and associate professor and chair of the Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics in the College of Podiatric Medicine.

The WesternU Foot & Ankle Center is a featured sponsor on Claremont AYSO’s website, and will also appear on soccer field banners throughout the season.

WesternU is working with Claremont AYSO to develop safety education courses for its coaches and referees. WesternU would offer lessons in proper stretching, injury prevention, first aid, preventing head injuries and more.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to work closely with the university and the resources they offer,” said David Sargent, Safety Director for Claremont AYSO. “I think it’s a perfect tie-in to the services the university can offer regarding the foot and ankle, as well as prevention of sports injuries that may occur as a result of playing soccer.

“I know there are a plethora of ways we can work together to expose the clinic and the university to the community, while providing an educational resource for our coaches and players as well,” he added.

Claremont AYSO’s fall season, which typically attracts 1,200 to 1,400 participants, began Aug. 1 and runs through mid-December. The spring season, running February through May, attracts about 800 children.

The Foot & Ankle Center, part of WesternU’s Patient Care Center at 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by nationally recognized experts in podiatric medicine and surgery. It’s a place where patients from infants and children to adults and elderly can receive complete care for a full range of injuries and chronic conditions.