|Nashville Health Care Executive Appointed to US Youth Soccer Board of Directors|
Healthspring’s Morris First Tennessean to Serve on US Youth Soccer Board of Directors
NASHVILLE (August 6, 2012) – Nashville-area health care executive Shawn Morris has been appointed as one of two Independent Director positions on the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors, US Youth Soccer representatives announced today. Morris’ appointment marks the first time that a Tennessee resident has served on the Board of the largest youth sports organization in the nation.
“Highly creative and successful people like Shawn will help craft the future for US Youth Soccer,” said Andrew Bolt, President of the Tennessee State Soccer Association, the US Youth Soccer state affiliate that nominated Morris for the position. “We are thrilled about this appointment and are confident that Shawn will make an immediate positive contribution to the Board.”
The independent director role is a new position that gives US Youth Soccer and their Board of Directors outside input from highly successful, independent board members.
US Youth Soccer Executive Director Jim Cosgrove said that Morris’ reputation as a business innovator was a major factor in his appointment. “Shawn’s ability to drive innovation and his track record of success in a large, multi-market organization mirrors both the need and the environment at US Youth Soccer,” Cosgrove said.
Morris is President of Development and Innovation for HealthSpring, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cigna Corporation and leading health service company committed to helping America’s seniors live healthier lives through personalized, affordable and easy-to-use health care solutions. Morris is responsible for strategic direction, business development, emerging market development, M&A activities as well as clinical innovation.
Morris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Kentucky University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. He is and has been actively involved on multiple boards of for-profit and not-for-profit entities and is a member of the American Society of CPAs and National Association of Corporate Directors. He and his wife, Tina, have three children and live in Hendersonville.
For more information about US Youth Soccer, call (972) 334-9300 or visit www.usyouthsoccer.org. For more information about the Tennessee State Soccer Association, call (615) 590-2200 or visit www.tnsoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visitwww.USYouthSoccer.org.
About the Tennessee State Soccer Association - As the Tennessee affiliate of US Youth Soccer, the Tennessee State Soccer Association promotes the sport of soccer for the enjoyment of players of all ages by creating and increasing opportunities for wholesome participation. TSSA has a current membership base of over 41,000 registered players statewide, and approximately 5,000 active coaches, referees, and administrators. TSSA offers player registration, tournament and travel sanctioning, referee training and certification, coach training and licensing , youth player development, Olympic development programs, and state, regional and national competitions for youth and amateur players.
About HealthSpring - HealthSpring, a Cigna company, is one of the country’s leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Along with its companies Bravo Health and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, HealthSpring serves more than one million customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthSpring owns and operates health plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information, visit www.healthspring.com.