Out and About
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.
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When a five year old is asked what they want for their birthday, they are usually very anxious and eager to answer with his or her wish list. Perhaps stating the newest iPad or some action figures, or something else they can play with. But for Brody Davis, his sixth birthday would be different.
His birthday party was at the Kansas City Police Academy on Saturday, where he had a wonderful time with his friends and family. But instead of receiving gifts he had asked for, Brody told his guests to bring new soccer items so they could donate to kids in need. This generous and caring six year old was willing to take the focus off himself and highlight those in need.
Once Brody’s mother, Sherri Davis, learned of this selfless act she contacted Sporting KC’s foundation - The Victory Project. The plan is to distribute the donated items this fall at the next Recycle Your Game event, which aims to donate soccer items to disadvantaged youth in Kansas City.
As avid Sporting KC fans and current Season Ticket Members, the Davis family is no stranger to the organization. Little Brody has been able to experience the club and has grown to admire Graham Zusi as his role model. Brody also had the opportunity to give Graham his MLS Cup ring at a ceremony held in Sporting Park this May, after his mom won a fan contest.
Brody is a testament to the fact that there is no age limit to generosity and kindness, showing us that all can start a movement to impact the lives of others. The old saying “big things come in small packages” exemplifies this little boy and his enormous heart for others.
For those interested in hosting their own Victory Project or who want to learn more about the movement, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow on Twitter.
It was a gloomy day in Kansas City on Thursday, but Sporting KC players Soony Saad and Dom Dwyer were able to brighten the afternoon for some local children. The duo teamed up with the Shadow Buddies Foundation and visited Children’s Mercy Hospital. Shadow Buddies are condition-specific dolls designed to be a friend just like me for seriously ill or medically challenged children. The foundation created their first professional soccer dolls in the likeness of both Soony and Dom this year complete with their names and numbers on them to hand out to children and sign.
During their visit to the hospital the guys stopped by a few patients' rooms as well as two different playrooms where families are able to interact and spend time away from the confines of their rooms. In the playrooms the guys got to kick around a ball and play games with the children, while also talking and getting to know them. Some serious World Cup soccer discussions occurred and each child was given a Shadow Buddy and had a chance to take pictures with the guys.
Even though the visit was just an hour, it was more than enough time to create lasting memories and provide hope to the families.
Here are thoughts on how the day went from both Saad and Dwyer:
“My favorite part of the day was seeing how happy the kids were when we gave them their very own Shadow Buddy”, Saad said. “We were able to interact with them and their families and I think I had just as much fun as they did.”
“The best part of today was definitely seeing the smiles on their faces and hearing their laughter,” Dwyer recalled. “Just knowing that you’re being a positive distraction for them and affecting them in a positive way. It was a heartwarming experience.”
This past weekend Boulevardia took over the West Bottoms in Kansas City.
The beer, food and music festival started Friday evening and concluded on Sunday evening ... and The Victory Project was there for it all. There were nearly 50 volunteers from LiveKC, The Victory Project and partner organizations who helped serve beer and provide information at the Sporting KC bar next to the main stage.
All tips as well as a percentage of beer sales will go toward The Victory Project, Sporting Kansas City's charitable arm which helps local children thrive through life's challenges.
The Victory Project would like to thank everyone who donated to the cause. For those interested in volunteering for future events or for those interested in making a donation learning more about The Victory Project, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @victorykc on Twitter.
On Tuesday, May 20 the Sporting Club Network, along with a number of Sporting KC players, led a clinic for members of KCK Soccer Association at Leo Alvey Park. In addition to player autographs and the on-field clinic, participants also heard from Sporting KC senior team fitness coach, Mateus Manoel, on the importance of health and good nutrition. This special opportunity was made possible thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Sporting Kansas City forwards Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad will make a special appearance at Rally House North KC (8650 N. Boardwalk Ave., KCMO) from 6-7:30 p.m. CT tonight to meet fans and sign autographs.
Those in attendance can also enter the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience, a month-long sweepstakes to win a $500 gift card for a shopping spree with a Sporting Kansas City player, an authentic Sporting KC jersey, two tickets to a Sporting Kansas City match and a gameday experience featuring a player meet-and-greet, stadium tour and pre-game field access.
In May, the Kansas City Blues rugby team -- a Sporting Club Network member -- will welcome international opponent Queensland Outback Barbarians from New South Wales, Australia to Kansas City for what is certain to be an exciting match. Currently standing at 9-3 on the season, the Blues are contending for a playoff spot in the USA Rugby D1 National Playoffs with only two regular season conference games remaining.
Fans are encouraged to come out and support The Blues as they take on the Barbarians on May 10th inside the championship stadium at Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Rd., KCMO). Prior to the Blues kick-off, fans are also welcome to attend an exhibition featuring youth rugby players from Heartland Youth Rugby. This exhibition match is set to begin at 6:40 p.m. CT with the Blues kicking off against their Aussie opponents at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Pre-sale and walk-up tickets are available for $5.00. For more details and information, visit the event page created on Facebook by the Blues. And to stay informed on all things Sporting Club Network, make sure to follow the SCN on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
Every year the Sporting Club Network hosts a variety of events exclusive to its members, with one of the more popular series being the mini clinics that give young players the chance to play alongside their favorite Sporting KC heroes. New in 2014, the Network introduced its very first Futsal Mini Clinic that took place at the newly installed Futsal Courts at Wyandotte High School.
In July 2013, MLS WORKS and Sporting Kansas City teamed up with the 2013 MLS All-Stars to unveil these new futsal courts at Wyandotte High School. These public-use courts were designed to provide local youth of the Kansas City community with a safe place to play while also improving their soccer skills.
Major League Soccer created MLS WORKS in 2007 as their official community outreach program. The goal was to create sustainable projects that would help improve the lives of people through the promotion of active lifestyles. MLS WORKS accomplished just that in Kansas City with the construction of these courts.
Fast forward eight months to April 7th, the date of the SCN’s Futsal Mini Clinic, where these once unused tennis courts are now providing the game to the local community and are still being used constantly. Not only were all the signs intact and the courts still in fantastic condition when staff from Sporting Kansas City arrived to set up for the clinic, but both courts were in use until the start of the clinic and both courts were swarmed again afterward with kids playing until the sun went down.
For pictures from the SCN Futsal Mini Clinic, and to see the use these courts continue to get, please view the slideshow below. And to learn more about the Sporting Club Network and how it engages with its members, be sure to follow the SCN on Twitter and like the program on Facebook.
To honor National Recycling Month in April, Sporting Kansas City along with The Victory Project and the Sporting Club Network have been hosting a series of donation drives for new and gently used soccer gear. Fans attending pre-designated games and events were encouraged to clean out their garages and bring used soccer equipment to the collection sites. At the conclusion of the campaign, more than 100 pairs of soccer cleats, shin guards and soccer balls were contributed to the cause.
Last night, a clinic was hosted featuring Sporting KC players, coaches and nearly 70 kids from the El Padrino soccer league at Soccer Nation in Wyandotte County. Thanks to the support of KCP&L, each child was provided food and given a drawstring bag with a soccer ball, water bottle and t-shirt. Each child was also able to go home with a pair of donated soccer cleats.
"This is a big event for us because our fans have been donating used soccer equipment," Sporting KC assistant coach Mateus Manoel said. "As we know, without equipment you can't really play. So for them, it's a joy to be able to have some of this stuff and learn from some of our coaches."
Check out the video above for sights and sounds from the event, as well as the photo slideshow below.