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Norcross, Cooper to launch citywide Camden youth sports plan – Philadelphia Inquirer

June 1, 2016 by Allison Steele, Staff Writer

George E. Norcross III, the politically powerful head of Cooper University Hospital’s board of trustees, will on Wednesday announce the creation of the Camden Health and Athletic Association, a nonprofit organization that will provide financial support to sports leagues throughout the city and fund new teams.

The CHAA will be funded by an initial investment of $1 million from the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care, and the Norcross Foundation and AmeriHealth New Jersey, Norcross said.

The organization will serve as an umbrella for the city’s youth sports groups, providing centralized help with logistics such as buying uniforms and maintaining playing fields, as well as fund-raising efforts.

Plans to launch the CHAA have been underway for months, and members of the Cooper Foundation have reached out to the city’s community activists for input. A number of community leaders have already said they will partner with the CHAA and are expected to appear at the official announcement Wednesday at Cooper Hospital in Camden alongside Norcross, local politicians, and former professional athletes.

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