Sporting KC is teaming up with ArtBra KC for a special VIP Experience prior to their annual runway show and auction this Friday at Signature Flight Support (10 NW Richards Road, Kansas City, MO) in the TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport. Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Michael Thomas and Graham Zusi will join players from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas State Wildcats to mingle with VIP ticket holders, who get a first look at auction items, small bites from Guadalajara Cafe, wine tastings, a performance by the MoonDrop Circus Aerial Artists and a chance to meet the ArtBra KC 2013 models.
VIP tickets are available for $150 and general admission tickets are on sale for $75. Purchase them online at kumed.com and !
All proceeds benefit the Patients in Need Fund at Missy's Boutique, an accredited appearance center at The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion. The fund ensures access to Missy's services for eligible uninsured/underinsured individuals.
Friday's event showcases approximately 70 work-of-art bras, designed and created by family and friends of breast cancer survivors, local artists, celebrities and volunteers. The "Top 25" bras are modeled by breast cancer survivors to celebrate their triumph over cancer, complete with runway costumes coordinated to the theme of the Art Bra they model.
Last year, Besler and Thomas were in attendance with Michael's aunt, Cindy Whittman, a breast cancer survivor. The bra (shown above) raised $1,700.
Sporting Kansas City U16 Academy defender Erik Palmer-Brown started for the U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team today as they opened the Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 0-0 draw against hosts Italy. One of 19 players on the trip, Palmer-Brown traveled from the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. to Grandisca, Italy for the 12-team international tourney.
Head coach Tony Lepore's squad are competing in Group A and will next play Chile on Thursday before wrapping up the group stage against Slovenia on Friday. The semifinals are scheduled for May 4 with the championship to be decided on May 5.
Palmer-Brown is a Lee's Summit, Mo. resident and was named Player of the Game against Italy by one observer:
Italy vs USA final 0-0, 2nd half subs Wright , Olasunde, Rice. USA outchanced Italy again 3-1. POTG my opinion Pulisic and Palmer-Brown
— Nick Barbir (@nickbarbir) April 30, 2013
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The Sporting KC Show will air live from La Bodega: Tapas & Lounge (703 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO) in the Crossroads Arts District on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight. Hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards will be joined by Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic, who will meet and greet fans in attendance for autograph/photo opportunities throughout the show.
The weekly show airs every Tuesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB to bring all the latest discussion around Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer. Listeners can call 913-3-810-810 to join the conversation and share their thoughts on the 2013 season.
Sports Radio 810 WHB, the official broadcast radio partner of Sporting Kansas City, will simulcast Sunday's home match against Chivas USA at Sporting Park. The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will air immediately after the match, live from the Boulevard Members Club with hosts Dave Borchardt and Andy Edwards.
Tickets are still available for the Cinco de Mayo match-up with Chivas USA and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.
Sporting Kansas City U16 Academy forward Cole Stevenson has made a verbal commitment to continue his soccer career at the University of Denver for head coach Bobby Muus.
“Truthfully, I knew it was the right choice for me after my first visit,” Stevenson told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I liked everything about it. Not only is the campus amazing but it has both a strong academy and soccer program. The coaches were honest and upfront with me and really showed interest in my future at DU.”
After going 11-6-3 in 2012, the Pioneers will join The Summit League (NCAA Division I) in 2013 and play their home games at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium which opened in August 2009 and recently hosted the U.S. Men's National Team. Notable alumni include Real Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers and the program has produced four MLS SuperDraft selections in the last five years.
Stevenson has appeared in 20 matches during the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season and is second on the squad with seven goals. He led the team with 13 goals in 24 games during the 2011-12 season and is part of Rockhurst High School's Class of 2014.
Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman is a 2013 Central Midwest finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Announced yesterday, the finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges made up of past Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award winners and civic and community leaders.
The Central Midwest Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program, established in 1986, recognizes oustanding business leaders who inspire others with their innovative vision and established track record of achievement. Award winners will be revealed at a gala on June 20 at the Sheraton in Overland Park, Kan.
The regional winners will be in consideration for the Enrepreneur of the Year National awards program presented in Palm Springs, Calif. in November and hosted by Jay Leno. The Central Midwest program has had 17 of their regional winners go on to win national awards.
For the second straight year, a Sporting KC representative spoke at the Sports Facilities & Franchises and Ticketing Symposium. The third annual event -- organized by Streeth & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and considered the industry's most senior meeting on ticketing and facility and franchise management -- began today at The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sporting Kansas City Executive Vice President of Communications/Digital Rob Thomson was invited to speak on "High-Stakes Team PR in the Twitter Age." Along with Major League Soccer's Executive Vice President of Communications Dan Courtemanche and fellow speaker Barry Baum (Brooklyn Nets), Thomson presented on the latest trends around Twitter and sports communication.
— Sean Dennison (@SeanDennisonMLS) April 17, 2013
In 2012, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman and Sporting Innovations co-founder/co-CEO Asim Pasha led a discussion on the next-generation technology at Sporting Park during the event in Miami. For more from the symposium, search #sbjsff on Twitter.
The Sporting Kansas City U12 and U14 Academy teams competed at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Boys College Showcase last weekend, bringing home four wins in six matches at the official NPL showcase.
The U12's played up a year in the Boys U13 MLS Pre-Academy division, taking on teams from Oklahoma, Illinois and Kentucky. On Saturday, the Under-12 Academy team opened with a 7-1 victory over TSC Hurricane 99 Elkington NPL before falling 2-1 to GLSA Libertyville FC 1974. The team closed out the weekend with a draw against River City Rovers Youth Academy 99 NPL on Sunday.
The U14's finished atop the 10-team Boys U14 MLS Pre-Academy group with wins in all three matches. After recording a 3-0 victory over SLSG Metro - Pre Academy 98/99, the U14's picked up another three points with a 1-0 win over River City Rovers Youth Academy 98 NPL on Saturday. The tournament came to a close on a commanding note as the U14's, coached by Matt Trumpp, earned an 8-0 victory over SMSC Stampede to finish the showcase with 12 goals for and none conceded.
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A new week means a new episode of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards took the airwaves tonight to catch up on all the latest chatter around Sporting Kansas City and Major League Soccer. They were joined in the hour-long show by Sporting KC forward Soony Saad and ESPN soccer commentator Adrian Healey to share their insight from the game at a local and national level.
Sporting Park is proud to host the 2013 Greater Kansas City Walk MS on Saturday, April 27. Over 2,500 individuals are expected to participate in the event, which will feature one-, three- and six-mile routes that are fully accessible for people of all abilities.
“We’re really excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Walk MS with the announcement of our partnership with Sporting Park,” Allison Ihm, senior manager Walk MS said, “Walk MS is more than a fundraising event; it is a celebration of our community and our mission. We are ecstatic for the opportunity to raise awareness about MS and make more connections in our community through one large event in Kansas City.”
Walk MS participants can walk as an individual or part of a team, and the event also encourages opportunities to volunteer, fund raise and/or donate. Registration is free and takes place online at walk.MSmidamerica.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867. You can also RSVP on Facebook.
Everyone who registers to participate in Walk MS will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for Sporting Kansas City's match later that day against the Portland Timbers at 7:30 p.m. CT. The deadline to purchase your Sporting KC seats is April 15 and tickets are limited. Contact Darin Canova at 913-387-3443 to take advantage of the Walk MS offer.