On the field, the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club are one of the top teams in the country as they compete in Division 1 and qualified for the National Championship in 2010. Off the field, the Sporting Club Network members are also making news thanks to their extreme fundraising stunt scheduled for this spring in conjunction with local nonprofit River of Refuge.
The KC Blues Rugby players will camp out in tents (rain, snow or shine) on the roof of the River of Refuge transitional living center until they raise $25,000 to help open the city's first-of-its-kind, comprehensive housing dedicated solely to homeless working families living in motels. Fifteen teammates will live in tents on the roof of the three-story building, beginning on March 6, and a web camera will live broadcast the activities of the Blues teammates to spread awareness for their fundraising efforts.
Funds will be raised through donations made at the website www.rooftopblues.com and this inaugural Rooftop Blues event will aid River of Refuge to open its first 11 apartments. This housing will offer free temporary refuge for working parents and their children as part of the organization's mission to help working families get out of motels, teach them to live independently and find permanent homes they can afford.