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Sporting KC hosts Military Appreciation Night

21 August 2:56 pm

Sporting KC hosts Military Appreciation Night

By Kurt Austin

On Sunday, Sporting Kansas City will proudly host Military Appreciation Night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park with discounted tickets available to those serving in the United States military (contact your MWR or USO for promo code; or show a military ID at the LSP Box Offices). Additionally, fans may donate tickets to military members and their families at SportingKC.com/MilitaryNight. For every ticket sold, $5 will go to USO Ft. Riley and MWR Ft. Leavenworth.

Several special festivities are planned to recognize the military men and women who serve our country, including...

  • Limited edition SKC t-shirt (worn by Kei Kamara on right)
  • Special pre-recorded messages from active members of the 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley shown on the stadium videoboards
  • Pre-game activities in Sprint Plaza; military vehicle on display
  • Live performance by the 1st Infantry Division Band and national anthem to be sung by band vocalist
  • Commemorative flyover above stadium prior to kickoff
  • Brigadier General Gordon B. Davis Jr. will deliver the match ball
  • Oath of enlistment ceremony will be held on the field at halftime
  • Live telecast on the American Forces Network, including a watch party at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

The new edition of Sporting Match Day will also feature an article in conjunction with Military Appreciation Night, including the following comments from Manager Peter Vermes and forward C.J. Sapong:

“Being that I have lived outside the country as much as I have, I have a stronger appreciation for the United States,” Vermes said. “The fact that so many people have given up their life for the freedom that we have, for us to have a night like this is great. They deserve our respect and recognition of the sacrifices that they and their families make for the freedom that we have to live in the best country in the world.”

“We dedicate a special moment to veterans before every game,” Sapong said. “It speak volumes to the team, organization and city. We realize that at the end of the day, life is bigger than soccer, and there are a lot of other people who are going through tougher times than us. It’s good to take note of those things and give back to those people to show that we really appreciate what they do.”

Join us in showing our support for the service of our armed forces!