VSP Vision Care Announces Global Sponsorship for Team Type 1

Rancho Cordova, Calif., May 14, 2009 – VSP® Vision Care, the nation’s largest eyecare benefits provider, is proud to announce a global sponsorship for Team Type 1.
 
“We’re very excited to work with Team Type 1 to raise awareness about the connection between eye health and diabetes,” said Kate Renwick-Espinosa, Vice President of Marketing, VSP Vision Care. “An eye exam is an important part of a person’s overall healthcare and can show signs of diabetes before a person is even aware they have it.”
 
VSP will be the exclusive eyecare and eyewear provider for Team Type 1. VSP eye doctors will provide annual comprehensive eye exams, and the athletes will participate in VSP’s Diabetic Eyecare Program which includes coverage for additional medical eyecare services specifically targeted toward members with Type 1 diabetes.  While in competition at cycling events around the world, Team Type 1 will wear patented Nike Max Optics® sunglasses. Nike Max Optics features functional design and interchangeable lenses for options in all light conditions.
 
“Our mission is to show the world that people with diabetes can not only manage their condition and excel physically, but they can also achieve their goals, dreams, and potential,” said Phil Southerland, CEO and Founder of Team Type 1. “We’re looking forward to working with VSP Vision Care to share this message.”
 
About Team Type 1
Founded in 2004, Team Type 1 has grown from an eight-person team of cyclists that won the Race Across America in 2006 and 2007 to now include men's and women's professional race teams, a triathlon team and a development team. The newly-formed Team Type 2 will also take on the Race Across America in 2009. Team Type 1 strives to instill hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes; through active management, one can achieve their goals, dreams, and potential.
 
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM is composed of a complementary group of leading companies, all working together to meet and exceed today’s eyecare professionals’ business needs. The companies include VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States; Marchon® and Altair®, cutting-edge manufacturers, designers, and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced sunwear and eyewear; Eye Designs, a leader in the design of custom interiors and merchandising systems for the optical industry; Eyefinity®OfficeMate®, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and electronic medical records software; and VSP Optics Group, offering ophthalmic products and providing technologically advanced lab services. VSP Global, combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, offers a choice of integrated eyecare and eyewear programs and services that enhance eyecare professionals’ ability to deliver the best patient experience and build a thriving business.
 
Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 553,000 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. Through relationships including those with the American Diabetes Association and Prevent Blindness America, VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.

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