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04 December 10:37 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 9:37 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 4:14 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 11:33 am

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 11:59 am

 
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 1:21 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 1:03 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.

01 July 1:09 pm

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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.

20 June 2:19 pm

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.”

To learn more about The Victory Project, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @victorykc on Twitter.


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17 June 3:33 pm

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.


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