Players meet deserving youngsters in Kansas
- 26 July 2014 15:09
- Posted by @MCFC
Community has always been at the heart of MCFC both at home and abroad.
As City took on current MLS champions Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday evening, City had been working closely with Kansas’s own community foundation, The Victory Project, to give a handful of deserving community groups the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Premier League winners.
After the Blues' opening training session, a group of deserving fans were invited to be in the exclusive City golden circle.
The golden circle was an opportunity for our very important people to meet the players and get those all-important pictures. Two of those came from Kansas charity, Shadow Buddies Foundation, whose mission is to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments.
Two local youngsters, Karis Selk, 7, and Kellen Bolling, 9, then kicked the fixture off in style as player mascots.
Captain for the night, Aleks Kolorov had the privilege of walking out with Karis, diagnosed with the most common malignant central nervous system tumour in children, while Kellen, in remission for Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, took the walk of pride with new goalie, Willy Caballero.
Mike Green, Head of City in the Community said: “We’re passionate about using football to empower lives and by working with Sporting Kansas City’s foundation; we’ve been able to reach out to some deserving people on the other side of the world. We take great pride in engaging and interacting with the various communities we come into contact with.”
Brandi Thomas, Community Programs Manager at Sporting Kansas City relived the moment: “What a great experience for our wonderful people. We were very excited that City gave us the opportunity to share the mascot experience with some deserving local kids. As soon as the first mascot walked out, you could tell it was a special moment.”
MCFC will be working with other community groups and good causes throughout their US tour.