IMAGE | DCU article

D.C. United Featuring Gainbridge as Sponsor for MLS is Back Tournament

WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 9, 2020) – D.C. United to feature Gainbridge – a member of Group1001’s family of insurance businesses – logo  on the left sleeve of the club’s jerseys for the duration of the MLS is Back Tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida beginning July 8. 
This sponsorship comes in the second year of the partnership between D.C. United and Group1001, which has seen Group1001 activate across multiple D.C. United and Audi Field platforms including improving conditions for the club’s coaching staff and players through the delivery of new bench seating on the touchline at Audi Field, as well as an active role in the community, assuming title sponsorship for the Black-and-Red’s annual Soccer & STEM platform.
“Group1001 has been committed to using their platform and sponsorship to help elevate our club and community from the very beginning of our partnership,” says Jason Levien, CEO of D.C. United. “We’re proud to wear the Gainbridge logo on our jersey sleeves as we seek to reclaim our reign in Orlando at the MLS is Back Tournament.” 
As a member of Group1001’s family of insurance companies, Gainbridge is an online insurance agency that helps customers protect and grow their savings with confidence. Gainbridge specializes in annuities that are simple, transparent and can be purchased online in minutes. Gainbridge believes that in both sports and investing, consistency makes all the difference. Like all Group1001 companies, Gainbridge brings fresh thinking and a can-do culture to insurance, combining technology and investment management expertise to make a real difference in people’s lives. 
“As major league sports begin their evolution back into play, the MLS is Back Tournament provides a platform for our brand with visibility and fan engagement through live telecast,” said Melissa Jacobs; Vice President, Sponsorships, Group1001. “Sports sponsorships are the fabric of our marketing strategies while also demonstrating a commitment to the values the sport represents.”
The MLS is Back Tournament kicks-off with group stage play beginning on July 8. D.C. United’s group stage matches for the competition are as follows:
• Toronto FC vs. D.C. United | Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m. ET (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes)
• D.C. United vs. New England Revolution | Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET (FS1 / TUDN)
• Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United | Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET (TUDN / TVA)
Pending the results of the club’s group stage matches, D.C. United would advance to the knockout stages, with Round of 16 matches beginning July 25 and the Final taking place on August 11. 
For more information on the MLS is Back Tournament visit:
About D.C. United
One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are among the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.
The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013).     
About Group1001 and Gainbridge 
Gainbridge is a member of Group One Thousand One (“Group1001”), a family of companies striving to make accumulation and insurance products more useful and initiative for everyone. Group1001 has combined assets under management of approximately $39 billion as of March 31st, 2020, and continues to look for opportunities to help disciplined investors grow and protect their savings. Group 1001’s family of brands includes Gainbridge®, Delaware Life, Relay®, and Clear Spring®.
Group1001 also believes education and sports have the power to transform communities. Its corporate social programs to date have spanned 22 states, positively impacting over 200,000 youths, and have included public and private partnerships to revitalize youth sports fields in at-risk communities and the creation of mentoring and education programs.