Sporting Kansas City players will help educate children on the value of active play during a free event from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday. The event, for children ages six and under, will take place at Fat Brain Toy’s Prairiefire store location in Overland Park.
The event will begin with a short presentation by Sporting KC Head Fitness Coach Mateus Manoel. Children will then have the opportunity to learn soccer from Sporting KC players, practice yoga with Mimi Z’s Yoga instructors and play with the latest in active Fat Brain toys. Fresh Market will provide free healthy snacks throughout the event, which will finish with a special autograph session featuring the Sporting KC players and the team’s mascot Blue.
“We believe that active play is essential to the healthy development of children,” said Mark Carson, Founder of Fat Brain Toys. “With the tremendous popularity and positive role models of Sporting KC, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have their help in reinforcing that mission.”
The event will also serve as an opportunity for fans to support and learn more about The Victory Project, an initiative launched by Sporting Kansas City in 2013 to unite players, staff and fans in its mission to help children thrive through life’s challenges. Since its inception, the foundation has raised nearly $250,000 through year-round events held in the Kansas City area.
“We are excited to be partnering with Fat Brain Toys and Mimi Z’s Yoga to provide the youngest of our fans an opportunity to participate in an event created specifically with them in mind. Healthy habits begin at a young age and many of our players have children who will be learning the importance of active play alongside those in attendance,” said Brandi Thomas, Community Programs Manager of Sporting KC and The Victory Project.
This week's Sporting Spotlight catches up with Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara as 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt gets the latest on his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, his favorite hangout spot in KC and the role his father played early in his soccer career. Check out the video segments below and be sure to tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning as the series continues all season long.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was a guest on today's edition of ExtraTime Radio, joining MLSsoccer.com staffers David Gass, Simon Borg, Arielle Castillo and Ben Baer during the 70-minute show. ExtraTime Radio is the official podcast of Major League Soccer and is available on SiriusXM FC every Tuesday and Friday.
Feilhaber was recently named to the MLS All-Star Fan XI and will take part in his first MLS All-Star Game next week alongside teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. The World Cup veteran is in the midst of a career year, starting all 20 of the club's competitive matches while setting new personal highs in MLS play for both goals (6, T-2nd on SKC) and assists (10, T-2nd in MLS).
The Sporting Spotlight series this week focuses on Sporting KC team captain Matt Besler. The hometown star talks about changes to his personal life after success as an MLS All-Star and as a member of the US Men's National Team. Besler also discusses his love for giving back to the community he grew up in, the fans that support Sporting KC and his new commercial with Me Undies.
Continue to watch 38 the Spot every Monday morning for a new Sporting Spotlight with Crystle Lampitt.
Did you miss your chance to purchase VIP tickets to Buzz Beach Ball? Have you been looking for some exclusive autographed Sporting KC items and experiences?
Sporting KC supporters now have the opportunity to bid on some serious swag in an online auction featuring five separate items:
- 2 Buzz Beach Ball VIP tickets
- 4 Victory Suite tickets for Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo on Tuesday, July 21
- A Dom Dwyer poster signed after his record-setting four-goal performance in the U.S. Open Cup
- A 2014 team-signed canvas (one of only 50 made!)
- An authentic 2015 team-signed jersey
Bidding is open online at auctions.sportingkc.com until July 20! All proceeds will benefit The Victory Project in its mission to help children thrive through life’s challenges.
In 2013, Amazon launched the AmazonSmile Foundation to help charitable organizations with just the click of a button. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for customers to support their favorite charitable organization every time they shop, at no extra cost.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same products, features, services and great low prices as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The Victory Project.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select “The Victory Project” and begin shopping through the tens of millions of products all eligible for donations. AmazonSmile is available for both mobile devices and desktop.
Each year, MLS WORKS teams up with Wells Fargo to help honor individuals who have helped their community. One Community MVP is chosen from each of the 20 MLS club markets based on their efforts in social programs, health issues and community service. This year’s finalist for Sporting Kansas City is Renee Terrill.
Terrill - a volunteer with Oceans of Mercy and One Life -- serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Task Force for each organization. She has made the ultimate commitment to serving the less fortunate across the world and believes “the impact of soccer can transform lives of young people all over the world.”
Each year, Renee travels internationally to places like South Africa, India and Thailand with gently used soccer equipment to facilitate soccer clinics, camps and tournaments run by local and Kansas City volunteers. These events are used not only to promote play and fun amongst the kids they serve, but Renee also teaches life lessons such as sportsmanship, respect and self-confidence.
Fans can vote here until July 29. Each of the Community MVP's will be recognized at the 2015 MLS All-Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado on July 29. The overall winner will be announced during halftime of the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.
Crystle Lampitt's Sporting Spotlight series continued today on 38 the Spot with Peter Vermes taking his turn to be showcased in the weekly video segments. The Sporting KC Manager shared his connection to U.S. Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd, his thoughts on the growth of soccer in Kansas City and across the United States, as well as insight into his coaching philosophy.
Check out the interviews below and tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning for the latest features on Sporting Kansas City players and staff.
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This week’s Sporting Spotlight shines brightly on Kansas City’s own Jon Kempin. KMCI-TV 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt chatted with the 22-year-old homegrown goalkeeper to learn more about his dedication to soccer.
Kempin, who turned pro in 2010, is currently enrolled at Johnson County Community College in pursuit of a business degree. Kempin also speaks about his new Christmas gift: a puppy affectionately nicknamed “Chewy."
Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.