After joining forces with MLS WORKS in September to raise awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Sporting Kansas City and The Victory Project will continue their philanthropic efforts by hosting the Kick Childhood Cancer online auction from Oct. 11-17.
Beginning Sunday and running through next Saturday, Oct. 17, supporters can visit bidpal.net/kcc or text “KCC” to 243725 for the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of player-autographed and team-signed items, including game-worn jerseys, soccer balls, T-shirts and captain’s armbands.
The Kick Childhood Cancer auction comes on the heels of a wider Kick Childhood Cancer campaign in which Sporting Kansas City and the Victory Project participated in several initiatives to strengthen research efforts for childhood cancer treatment, providing support to one of the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
At every Sporting Kansas City home match, The Victory Project has continued its longstanding tradition of honoring a child battling cancer at Children’s Mercy Park. The VIP experience for each child consists of a visit to Sporting KC training the day before the game, an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge and a comprehensive matchday experience in the stadium’s Victory Suite.
In addition to hosting a Kick Childhood Cancer 50/50 raffle during the month of September, Sporting Kansas City and The Victory Project sold limited-edition Kick Childhood Cancer scarves and beanies at four home matches last month. For every beanie sold, Sporting donated a beanie to Children’s Mercy, where players also delivered care kits for families. Sporting players will continue to conduct virtual visits with Children’s Mercy patients throughout the year.
Sporting Kansas City and The Victory Project have also partnered with Community Blood Center for numerous blood drives over the course of 2020 at Children’s Mercy Park. Participants received a co-branded face covering to further support public health during the pandemic.
At the league level, a holiday auction hosted by Major League Soccer will provide another fundraising opportunity later this year to benefit The Children’s Oncology Group. Auction items will consist of game-used, autographed jerseys and soccer balls from September 2020 matches and other items donated by Continental Tire. The Children’s Oncology Group is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, uniting more than 10,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals around the world.
As the flagship charitable foundation of Sporting Kansas City, The Victory Project was founded in 2013 to help children affected by cancer and all of life’s challenges. To learn more about The Victory Project and to make a donation, visit VictoryKC.org.