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MLS W.O.R.K.S. will present the 2012 Community MVP award to one upstanding, valuable and devoted citizen in an MLS area. Each MLS team was given the opportunity to nominate one significant member of their community as their individual Community MVP. Now that each team has submitted one special nominee, the entire nation is encouraged to vote for the most impressive MVP, leaving the MLS W.O.R.K.S Community MVP award to one deserving nominee.

Along with winning the title of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP, the chosen winner will also be awarded $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choice along with a trip to the 2012 AT&T All-Star Game.

David Belpedio has been chosen as Sporting Kansas City’s Community MVP. Belpedio, nominated by Kim Champlain, is a driven and encouraging role model to others. Many may know Belpedio as a partner at Marks Nelson CPA, but he is also part of an amazing volunteer program called Gillis, which is a program whose mission is to help at risk children and families through education, counseling and social services.

As part of the Gillis Board of Directors since 2006 and chairman since the fall of 2011, Belpedio has devoted his time to supporting children and families in need. Through his passion to assist the underprivileged, Belpedio has also inspired his own son to lead a fundraiser in efforts to restore local cottages on the Gillis campus. Through this process, his son raised more than $95,000 to put towards the restoration and support of the Gillis program. Not only has Belpedio made an impact on the families he has supported, but he is also an inspiration to other members of the community to get involved and give back. Sporting Kansas City is proud to recognize Belpedio for devoting his time and energy to such a great cause in our community.

Belpedio will be recognized at a Sporting Kansas City home game later this season. Be sure to support Belpedio and Kansas City in the selection for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP by voting HERE online before July 13!