Sporting KC associates support The Victory Project by hand-wrapping gifts for 2023 matchday honorees


In 2023, The Victory Project welcomed matchday honorees as special guests in the Victory Suite at Children's Mercy Park for all 22 of Sporting Kansas City's home matches.

The all-access VIP experience includes a stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a stadium tour, meet-and-greets with the team and a customized jersey.

In addition, each matchday honoree will now receive a special gift from The Victory Project this holiday season hand-wrapped by Sporting Kansas City associates. The club's front office teamed up this month to to spread cheer in the community by packaging presents, which all include the book Keep Smiling, My Cancer Story written by former honoree Jared Adams.

2023 Matchday Honorees
Dylan Mwaniki
Overland Park, KS
Kidney Cancer
Taylor Hall
Kansas City, KS
Neuroblastoma/Esophageal Varices
Ava Heide
Eudora, KS
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Kaylee Jones
Blue Springs, MO
Ovarian Cancer
Elijah Ottison
St. Joseph, MO
T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Nolan Turner Edison
Southgate, MI
Calvin Davis
Salina, KS
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Eli Shepard
Council Bluffs, IA
Wilms Tumor
NaMyah Irvin
Blue Springs, MO
Wilms Tumor
Gwendolyn Phelps
Overland Park, KS
T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Leon Vargas
Wichita, KS
Pre B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Cole Hanson
Urbandale, IA
Burkitt Lymphoma
Nolan Anderson
Tecumseh, KS
Jorge Mendez
Carthage, MO
Kidney Transplant
Molly Stultz
Atchison, KS
Hayden Ballou
Carlton, KS
Owen Sarver
Kansas City, MO
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Matteo Rodriguez
Olathe, KS
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Jonathan Contreras
Lawrence, KS
Cru Bennett
Oak Grove, MO
Pilocytic Astrocytoma Glioma
Abby Fay
Lenexa, KS
Brain Cancer
Philip Nichols
Bates City, MO

Sporting Kansas City associates volunteered over 800 hours this year in support of The Victory Project, highlighted by involvement with the foundation's three major events - Victory Gala, Sporting Invitational and Kick Childhood Cancer theme match - and The Victory Project's partnerships with Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Junior Achievement, as well as MLS WORKS' Greener Goals Week of Service by planting trees at Ryogoku Academy in conjunction with Earth Day.

To learn more and to donate to The Victory Project, visit or follow and @VictoryProjectKC on Facebook and Instagram.