The Victory Project

Soccer For All Kids: The Victory Project and Compass Minerals donate equipment to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City


The Victory Project and Compass Minerals recently partnered to provide equipment to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to support their recreational soccer team.

The donation -- which included cleats, shinguards, socks and shorts as well as balls, water bottles, bags and a portable bench -- is part of The Victory Project's Soccer For All pillar to make the sport more accessible for children with limited financial resources.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jake Davis and forward Khiry Shelton made a special appearance at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City last week to deliver the donation in conjunction with the team's first practice. The duo were joined by the following staff members from The Victory Project and Compass Minerals:


  • Chioma Atanmo, Community Programs Manager
  • Jackie Feeney, Executive Director
  • MaKenzie Yearby, Community Impact Coordinator


  • Rebekah Ellingson, Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs
  • Kevin Gabriel, Director of Corporate Affairs
  • Mary Hirtreiter, Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Brandy Johnson, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Lily Zamora, Director of Government and External Affairs

An initiative of Sporting KC, The Victory Project unites players, staff, fans and community partners to help children through all of life’s challenges.

Last year, Compass Minerals and The Victory Project partnered to launch a youth soccer initiative benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has been inspiring kids to live out their dreams through affordable, accessible opportunities in the urban core.

About The Victory Project
The Victory Project is a philanthropic foundation established by Sporting in 2013 that helps children through all of life’s challenges by uniting players, staff, fans and community partners across the Kansas City and Midwest regions. Through numerous events and initiatives, The Victory Project is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of children battling cancer, providing special experiences and opportunities to kids with disabilities and creating a more welcoming soccer environment for local youths.

About Compass Minerals
Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) is a leading global provider of essential minerals focused on safely delivering where and when it matters to help solve nature’s challenges for customers and communities. The company’s salt products help keep roadways safe during winter weather and are used in numerous other consumer, industrial, chemical and agricultural applications. Its plant nutrition products help improve the quality and yield of crops, while supporting sustainable agriculture. Additionally, the company is pursuing development of a sustainable lithium brine resource to support the North American battery market and is a minority owner of Fortress North America, a next-generation fire retardant company. Compass Minerals operates 12 production and packaging facilities with nearly 2,000 employees throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Visit for more information about the company and its products.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
The Boys & Girls Club
aims to provide youths, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, with a fun and safe environment to learn, play and meet new friends. Strategically located in the toughest neighborhoods in our local community, offers academic support through before, during, and after-school programming. By investing in zip codes in our local Kansas City community where no other organization would, Boys & Girls Clubs has served as a safe haven for youth ages five to eighteen for over 100 years. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City believes in doing ‘whatever it takes’ to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. It serves more than 1,000 metro area youth per day.