The Carolina Core Football Club –  a team in Major League Soccer’s NEXT Pro league, has signed a multi-year partnership with Skyla Credit Union, serving as Carolina Core FC’s exclusive credit union.

As part of the deal, Skyla’s logo will be prominently displayed on the upper back of Carolina Core FC’s MLS NEXT Pro game jerseys – and the credit union will also be presenting an “Honorary Captain of the Match” at each home game.

The multi-year contract designates Skyla Credit Union as the official credit union of Carolina Core FC.

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Carolina Core FC President Andy Smith stated in a press release that the multi-year agreement that is a very big deal for the new team.

“It was incredibly important to partner with a financial institution that could not only handle our operational needs but could also help us plan for the future,” he said  Skyla checks every box for us, and we are excited to partner with an organization that is as community minded as we are.”

Skyla Credit Union CEO Eric Gelly likewise said he sees big benefits for the company.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Carolina Core FC, a connection deeply rooted in local community,” Gelly stated in the March 26  press release.  “This collaboration symbolizes not only our commitment to supporting local sports but also our dedication to fostering growth and opportunity in the Triad region. Together, we aim to empower our community and inspire future generations through the beautiful game,”

As part of Carolina Core FC’s mission to develop players on and off the field, the credit union will be providing a series of financial literacy courses to the players. Those courses will cover “how to be financially independent and successful throughout their soccer career and beyond.”

Skyla Credit Union was founded in Charlotte over six decades ago under the name Charlotte City Employees Credit Union.

It later expanded to include Charlotte transit and local housing authorities. Then the credit union started growing at a fast clip – becoming a chartered financial institution in 2001 and receiving its federal charter in 2008. In 2021, the institution merged with Premier Federal Credit Union, growing the organization to more than 93,000 members.