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September 20, 2021

VARSITY CARE ADDS UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TIGHT END CHIGOZIEM OKONKWO TO ITS ROSTER

Washington DC-based Concierge Healthcare Advocacy & Support firm taps NCAA collegiate athlete as brand spokesperson.
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Washington, DC – Varsity Care, the Washington DC-based service known for its new Concierge Healthcare Advocacy & Support program for university students, has confirmed a deal with University of Maryland Terps Tight End, Chigoziem “Chig” Okonkwo for the upcoming college football season. Okonkwo is one of the first NCAA collegiate athletes to partner with Varsity Care and will serve as a brand ambassador/student spokesperson for the 2021-2022 season. Okonkwo is also one of the first student-athletes to agree to a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) deal after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of unlimited education-related benefits in June of 2020.

"We're thrilled to partner with NFL hopeful tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo from the University of Maryland for the upcoming season," said Varsity Care’s Founder and CEO Halley Ascher. "His leadership qualities on and off the field are remarkable and something that aligns well with our brand. We welcome “Chig” to the Varsity Care Team, a brand that has strong ties with the University of Maryland and deep roots here in the DC Metro area."

Okonkwo has agreed to a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) deal with Varsity Care, something that the NCAA moved to allow for college athletes effective July 1, 2020. Varsity Care is one of the first healthcare-related organizations to sign a college student-athlete under the new NCAA sponsorship parameters. The partnership includes appearances of Okonkwo on behalf of Varsity Care at corporate and philanthropic events as well as in advertisements. Okonkwo will also share Varsity Care-branded content from his personal social media accounts.

Okonkwo has had an impressive career thus far, most recently leading UMD to a season opener victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Now in his senior year, Okonkwo has a strong desire to bring a Big 10 championship back to College Park to cap off a spectacular tenure as a Terp. Okonkwo said he hopes to not only spread the word on the best possible Concierge Healthcare Advocacy and Support program for university students, but also spread the goodwill of support across the community.

"I partnered with Varsity Care because they offer medical support to college students by providing a personal Registered nurse to consult, assist and advise you during stressful healthcare situations," says Okonkwo, "as a division one player I’m supported in a possible health care situation by my team staff, not all students have this wonderful luxury until now with the availability of the Varsity Care Standard Bundle. It can be very scary, maddening, and confusing for parents and students when a health-related concern arises, many of my fellow students have no idea what to do or where to turn to and our parents can be miles away. Varsity Care is the perfect bridge between parents, students, and medical staff. To me, Varsity Care provides something I already enjoy and now all students and parents can feel very secure knowing they have on their side a highly trained and qualified registered nurse for advice and support.”

About Varsity Care:
Founded in the pandemic environment of 2020, Halley Ascher created one of the most innovative solutions to healthcare needs. Ms. Ascher has taken her extensive experience in the fields of nursing, law and recruiting and created a cutting-edge program all students will need in times of health care situations.

John Bartos co-founded Varsity Care in 2020. He is a seasoned healthcare executive who has both founded and led multiple successful companies during the past twenty years. His background and operational expertise make him a perfect fit to play a central leadership role at Varsity Care. Mr. Bartos has four kids who include a current senior and sophomore in college, a senior in high school, and one in middle school. If you are wondering why he decided to start Varsity Care, look no further! It is hard to imagine someone with more relevant personal experience to today’s college experience.

No parent likes thinking about it, but what are you going to do when your child gets hurt or sick far from home and you are not there? Nearly 50% of college students seek emergency care every year. Varsity Care offers trusted medical in-person support to college students in the Washington DC metro area and provides the same service virtually nationwide by providing Registered Nurse Advocates to assist, consult and advise your child during stressful healthcare situations.

Rest easy at night knowing your child is prepared for a medical emergency. Purchase peace of mind by signing up for 24/7 Virtual or In-Person consultations with a Registered Nurse focused solely on the care and well-being of your child.
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