Sporting KC wives and girlfriends help local girls feel special at Pink Party

Every little girl loves being pampered at a good beauty party -- especially after a long day in the doctor’s office -- while surrounded by friends and family. This morning, the wives and girlfriends of Sporting KC players joined in on the fun as the Shadow Buddies Foundation hosted their second "Pink Party" at Children's Mercy.

The hospital holds an all-day clinic for girls in the area diagnosed with Turner Syndrome (TS) throughout the year and The Victory Project was eager to get involved in its mission to help children thrive through life's challenges.

"I love this event because we do parties all over but this is one of the best. And we can always rely on the Sporting KC girls to be here and to continue that [relationship]," said Shadow Buddies coordinator Kaileigh Kupchin. 

The group painted nails, applied make-up, curled hair and helped with various other activities in addition to having the chance to talk with nearly 50 participants and their families. Each participant also received a Shadow Buddy doll dressed like superheroes and a gift bag filled with goodies.

"It's really neat we get to do this for them," said Abra House, shown on right with Graham Zusi. "The boys get to do so much for the community and it's nice for their counterparts to come out to the community who support us. To be able to represent them and give back to the community is nice."

Other girlfriends and wives also enjoyed being a part of this special occasion, with the highlight being able to see the kids' smiles at the end of their mini-makeovers.  

"I like that the kids are happy. They are not thinking about the hospital and appointments and it feels special to see that," said Meggy De Jong.

To find out more about The Victory Project, please visit or follow @VictoryKC on Twitter or @victoryprojectkc on Instagram.