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23 June 4:26 pm

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This weekend, thousands of Kansas Citians flocked to the West Bottoms to spend time enjoying live music, beer and food during the second-annual Boulevardia beer festival. During the three-day event local charities managed each of the bars within the festival borders to gain brand awareness and raise funds for their respective organizations. With the help of nearly 70 volunteers, The Victory Project managed one of these bars located near the main stage.

To add to the excitement of the event, on Friday night attendees visiting The Victory Project Bar were served from some of their favorite Sporting KC players including Ike Opara, Kevin Ellis, Marcel de Jong, Roger Espinoza and Jon Kempin. 

In exchange for their hard work, The Victory Project will receive a percentage of beer sales and all tips made from the bar.

Boulevardia, which recently celebrated its second year in the Historic West Bottoms, is a beer festival founded by the Boulevard Brewing Company. The festival showcased a wide selection of various Boulevard brews, a family carnival, various food trucks, and a Makers Market for the craft enthusiasts. Bands selected by 96.5 The Buzz and Kansas City’s local performance group Quixotic provided the entertainment.

To find out more about the Victory Project or to make a donation please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @VictoryKC on Twitter or @victoryprojectkc on Instagram.

15 June 10:55 am

Sporting Kansas City players recently visited Breakout KC -- newly opened in the River Market area -- and were able to escape Room 13 in 55 minutes and 30 seconds. Matt Besler had so much fun trying to breakout, the team captain wants to do it again! And you can join him as he tries to beat the the time clocked a few weeks earlier.

Do you want to breakout with Besler? Enter for your chance to be part of the World Cup veteran's team.

All submissions must be in by 12 p.m. CT on Friday. Seven lucky entrants will be randomly selected for 60 minutes of hang-time with the three-time MLS All-Star and U.S. MNT centerback. Good luck!

10 March 2:12 pm

In 2014, Sporting KC launched an initiative to engage the SWAG -- "Sporting Wives And Girlfriends" -- to have the group participate in philanthropic events around Kansas City to further the mission of The Victory Project in helping children thrive through life’s challenges.

Last Friday, the group partnered with the Shadow Buddies foundation to host a Pink Party at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Pink Party was for girls diagnosed with Turner Syndrome (TS), a chromosomal disorder that affects one in 2,000 female births. There are approximately 70,000 women and girls affected with TS in the United States.

Every four month's Children’s Mercy hosts an all-day clinic for girls in the area diagnosed with TS and it was our job to pamper those in attendance. The morning was spent painting nails, doing hair, applying make-up and talking with the nearly 45 girls and their families. Each participant also left with a Shadow Buddy and a goodie bag filled with items any girl would love.

“All of the Sporting families have been tremendously blessed by the Kansas City community and this was a great opportunity for some of the wives and girlfriends to get together to give back to some well deserving young ladies," said Amanda Besler. "The pink party was a great event for girls of all ages to get together for a day of pampering in hopes to make their long day of doctor’s appointments a little easier."

Check out the photo slideshow above and a news story from FOX 4 News below. Also, be sure to follow @VictoryKC on Twitter and Instagram to learn more about The Victory Project.

04 December 11:37 am

Helping children thrive through life’s challenges is the mission of The Victory Project. This year -- with the help of our players, coaches, staff and fans -- The Victory Project was able to impact the lives of many children in the Kansas City area through various programs and special events.

During the month of December, The Victory Project will countdown some of their favorite moments from the year. Follow @VictoryKC on Twitter and @VictoryProjectKC on Instagram to relive the memorable events and experiences. And if you have a favorite moment, please share on social media or in the comments section below.

To learn more about The Victory Project, visit VictoryKC.org.

18 November 10:37 am

The Sporting Club Network and member club Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association hosted a clinic last month for youth players in Kansas City, Kansas. Thanks to the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Network had the opportunity to work with players of all ages and skill levels in the club and surrounding community.

Not only did the participants learn a variety of tactical and technical ideas, they also received instruction on proper nutrition. Sporting Kansas City head fitness coach Mateus Manoel spoke to the group on how to recognize healthy meal options for growing athletes.

At the conclusion of the clinic, the young players had the chance to meet, take photos with and get some autographs from Sporting Kansas City players Christian Duke, Ike Opara and Aurelien Collin.

24 September 5:14 pm

Last Friday, The Victory Project and TeamSmile partnered to provide 300 local elementary school children with free dental screenings and care at Sporting Park.
 
The TeamSmile program was created in Kansas City to provide underserved children with preventative care and education on the significance of good dental hygiene. The organization has partnered with nearly 25 professional sports teams around the country to host TeamSmile programs. Sporting KC is the first MLS team to join the initiative. Each full-day program brings together 100 volunteers including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and more.  
 
“If you start them early with a fun and good experience, it pays off for a lifetime,” said volunteer dentist Dr. Nevin Waters.  
 
Check out this video below to learn more about the program:

15 September 12:33 pm

Subway and Sporting Kansas City kicked off their partnership with a series of player appearances in August and September at various Subway locations in Kansas City and surrounding areas! The player appearances will continue this week with Eric Kronberg today in Ottawa, KS (902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067) and Chance Myers on Friday, September 19th in Sedalia, MO (2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301). The player appearances will be 5:00pm-6:30 p.m. CT and one Sporting KC player will attend to meet with fans, take photos and sign autographs. The first one hundred (100) fans will receive a free t-shirt!  

Listed below are the remaining player appearances at local Subway locations. The final player appearance at Subway will be Monday, September 29th in Overland Park (8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223).   

Subway Location

Dates

Time

902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067

Monday, September 15th

5:00-6:30pm

2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

Friday, September 19th

5:00-6:30pm

8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Monday, September 29th

5:00-6:30pm

 

14 August 12:59 pm

 
Sporting Kansas City players Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad used their hands to help the Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity build a home for a local family in need. The home has been in the process of being rebuilt over the past few weeks and the players helped further that progress on Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 35th year providing affordable homes to qualified families in the KC area. The organization aims to work on 35 houses over the course of the year, with six of those being complete rebuilds. The house that was worked on during Tuesday’s community effort is one of those six being rebuilt. But it wasn’t just Sporting KC players working. They were joined by people from Fat Brain Toys, Jose Pepper’s and the Legoland Discovery Center.
 
“I am just overjoyed,” said homeowner Crystal Stewart. “The fact that this many people are willing to donate their time and energy to help me is huge for me. It’s a big day.”
 
There was a great deal of joy felt outside the home, where people from different organizations were able to come together to help. Putting in the work for a project like this may not be easy, but the players recognized their hard work will pay great dividends.
 
“I love these kinds of opportunities to give back to the community and help out any way I can,” said Zusi. “It’s even more special when you can see how much the work impacts that person, like it does for Crystal.”
 
To learn more about the Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved, visit habitatkc.org.

05 August 2:21 pm

On Saturday afternoon, several Sporting KC players joined NAPA KC and The National Guard to host a barbecue and soccer clinic for local military families affected by injuries obtained during service for our country.

The idea for the gathering was originally proposed by Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis, who has strong family ties to the United States military. Ellis was joined by teammates Matt Besler, Mikey Lopez, Andy Gruenebaum and Graham Zusi for a pick-up game of soccer with the families before enjoying barbecue and ice cream at the Swope Soccer Village. At the end of the event, each of the families received a signed soccer ball from the players.

"It takes a special person to do what they do and I can't put into words the respect I have for these guys," said Ellis, a Kansas City native who has made 14 MLS appearances for the club this season.

11 July 2:03 pm

Congratulations to Vonda Norman from Shawnee, KS for being this year's winner in the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience! Vonda won a $500 shopping spree with Sporting Kansas City Defender, Ike Opara. Her friends and family were treated to quite the experience on June 25th at the Kansas Sampler across from Oak Park Mall and stocked up on lots of great merchandise to go with the authentic Sporting Kansas City jersey she won as part of the prize package. Vonda also received two tickets to last Sunday’s home match on July 6th vs. Chicago Fire at Sporting Park, which will included a meet-and-greet, stadium tour and pre-game field access to watch warm-ups.

Sporting Kansas City and Rally House entered a three-year sponsorship agreement last season. In addition to the fan sweepstakes, look out for player appearances at Rally House and Kansas Sampler locations across the area. Follow Rally House on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest.