Sporting Kansas City recently joined up with Make-A-Wish Missouri to sponsor the KC Kids For Wish Kids program. Kids For Wish Kids is a program run by kids for kids. Wish Kid Connor, who suffers from Chronic Myelogeneous Leukemia, is the "face" of the KC Kids For Wish Kids program.
Connor attends Raymore Elementary School and his peers have made a pledge to support Connor and Make-A-Wish. Each year, student ambassadors select an organization to build awareness around and to partake in fundraising to support. For 2013, the fourth grade ambassadors from Raymore Elementary selected Make-A-Wish and have committed to adopting Connor's wish. The students of Raymore Elementary gathered in an assembly last Friday and discussed Connor's condition. Connor came out on stage and addressed his classmates himself with the help of Sporting Kansas City's mascot Blue. The two tossed out some Sporting Kansas City goodies into the crowd as they introduced the partnership.
Sporting Kansas City has donated fan packs, player appearances and 100+ tickets to serve as prizes for the top fundraising schools and students in the district throughout the next couple of months. The goal is to raise $5,000 within the district which will then send Connor to Disney World, his wish destination. Once Connor's wish has been satisfied, Raymore Elementary plans to contiuing their fundraising efforts with the hopes to adopt a new wish kid. To kick off the fundraising, school representives announced that the students can wear Sporting Kansas City apparel, including hats which are not typically permitted on school campus, with the donation of $1 per day.
Check out a few photos from the assembly in the slideshow below: