SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (April 27, 2011)

The Sugar Land Skeeters, Houston area's minor league baseball team, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital today announced a founding partnership agreement that will make Memorial Hermann the official healthcare provider of the Sugar Land Skeeters and StarTex Power Field.

"We are excited to be joining forces with such a community-minded organization that also is one of the top hospital systems in the nation," said Christopher Hill, Skeeters Vice President of Business Development. "Their ability to provide the highest level of care to the Sugar Land community as well as our professional athletes makes them an ideal partner."

The 10-year "Founding Partner" agreement is highlighted by Memorial Hermann Sugar Land's title sponsorship of the "Kids Get in Free" Program, a unique initiative allowing free admittance to the designated general admission area of StarTex Power Field to every child wearing a youth sports jersey. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the Children's Playground area, as well as a minimum of eight Area Youth Baseball Clinics to be conducted by the Skeeters throughout Fort Bend County, a joint sponsorship of a Regional Youth Baseball Skills Program and premium video board signage on the Skeeters' state-of-the-art scoreboard.

"This partnership compliments the hospital's emphasis on orthopedics and sports medicine outreach and our commitment to community engagement," said Jim Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. "We are confident that the Sugar Land Skeeters will become a vital part of our community."