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Cajun Soccer Club Partners with Lafayette General Health


Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Lafayette General Health Partners with Local Soccer Club

One of Louisiana’s largest soccer clubs has announced a partnership with Acadiana Orthopedic Center (AOC), a professional center of Lafayette General Health, as its sports medicine and performance partner to care for its club teams.  Lafayette Youth Soccer Association (LYSA), and its Cajun Soccer Club (CSC), added AOC to its network to help its members seeking medical care and wellness services.

This partnership will focus on addressing overall athletic development of young athletes and their coaches in sports medicine requirements.  There will be a specific emphasis on concussion avoidance training, which will help promote community health among one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Louisiana.  LYSA/CSC is projected to be the largest club in the state in 2016/2017.

“As a nationally competitive soccer club, it is important that we have access to the leading orthopedic and sports medicine professionals for our youth athletes,” states Michael Ritch, Executive Director of LYSA/CSC.  “We are excited that Acadiana Orthopedic Center and Lafayette General Health have partnered with Cajun Soccer Club as we continue our mission to develop the youth of Acadiana both on and off the field,” he said.

LYSA/CSC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to administer a complete soccer program for all players, focusing on player development, sportsmanship and community involvement.  The group boasts 319 teams and 4,148 members, competing at both regional and national events.

“This is a great partnership because we believe we have one of the best orthopedic teams in Louisiana,” says Jeffrey Witty, Orthopedic Surgeon at Acadiana Orthopedic Center.  “Getting our young athletes the best care will serve them well as competitive players and as older adults.”

“This partnership will allow us to educate and enhance the overall player experience, while staying at the forefront of soccer in Louisiana,” says Ritch.

Acadiana Orthopedic Center is the Orthopedic Surgery practice of Drs. John Schutte, Scott Yerger, J. Lee Leonard, Stanley Foster, Angela Mayeux-Hebert, Adam Kennedy, Michael Schutte, Blaine Walton, Jeffrey Witty and James Hlavacek.  They are all members of Lafayette General’s LGMD Physician Group.


About Lafayette General Health

Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned regional healthcare system committed to always delivering excellence.  LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. 

LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do.  LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region. 

Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines.

LGH owns LGMD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons. 

In 2014, LGH offered charity services in excess of $250 million.  LGH property and assets total nearly $450 million, employing approximately 3,500 staff.  For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit

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