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By Admin, 02/08/11, 9:15AM EST


Announce New Sponsorship Agreement for 2011

RICHMOND, VA – (Tuesday, February 8, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce a new corporate partnership with Challa Law Offices, PLC, the new Official Legal Services Provider of the Richmond Kickers.  Challa Law Offices is located in the Innsbrook office park and is one of the leading firms in the Commonwealth in the field of immigration law, as they are one of only two firms that handle all of Virginia’s immigration work. 

“Partnering with the Richmond Kickers is a great opportunity for us,” commented Lakshmi Challa, Managing Partner and Principal at Challa Law Offices . “The partnership is a real win/win for both organizations, and we are tremendously excited to be part of Richmond’s soccer community.  We believe the Richmond Kickers are a real asset to the community and we share their enthusiasm for helping kids build character through the game of soccer.”

“We cannot ask for a better partner than the Challa Law Offices,” adds Shelley Sowers, Richmond Kickers General Manager. “We firmly believe that Challa Law Offices is one of the best law firms in Richmond.  Their expertise in the complex field of international law provides a real benefit to the entire club.”

About the Richmond Kickers 
Established in 1993, the Richmond Kickers have consistently been one of the most successful professional soccer clubs in America.  Over the past 18 seasons, Richmond has qualified for postseason play 16 times, and reached the title match in 2010 for the sixth time in the past nine campaigns, falling just short of the Championship title following a 2-1 loss to the Charleston Battery.  Richmond’s seven previous league Championship appearances (1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) include winning the Premier League title in 1995, a shoot-out loss to Seattle in the USL First Division final in 2005 and taking the USL Second Division crown twice against Charlotte in 2006 and 2009. 

The Kickers will open the 2011 USL PRO season on Saturday, April 2 against Orlando City at 5:00 p.m. at Richmond City Stadium.  USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most sophisticated North American men’s professional soccer league below MLS, both on and off the field. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature an unprecedented six teams with more than a decade of operational experience in 2011, and more than 100 years of combined operational experience.

About Challa Law Offices, PLC
A Richmond, Virginia based law firm specializing in business in immigration law, Challa Law Offices was established by Lakshmi and Shekar Challa in December 2001.  Lakshmi Challa has been practicing immigration law exclusively for over sixteen years. The firm focuses on providing solutions-directed business immigration strategies for a wide range of clients around the globe by leveraging state-of-the-art case management technologies and outstanding client service.  Challa Law Offices specializes in employment-based, temporary and permanent resident visas for business professionals, assisting international companies/individuals in setting up their business in the U.S. as well as family-based temporary and permanent resident visas.