A managed care company is backing a major amateur athletic competition in the Northeast.

Health Net of the Northeast, Shelton, Conn., has signed on to be the leading sponsor of the 2006 and 2007 Nutmeg State Games.

Organizers will be calling the week-long 2006 event, which will start July 30, the Health Net Nutmeg State Games.

Bridgeport, Conn., will be the official host city, and events also will take place in other communities in Fairfield County, Conn.

Health Net of the Northeast is a unit of Health Net Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif.