Kick Childhood Cancer

MLS Goes Gold

This past September, MLS WORKS, the League’s social responsibility platform, conducted its 5th annual Kick Childhood Cancer campaign to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Oncology Group (COG). MLS turned gold during the month-long campaign.

Why Childhood Cancer?

  • Every day, 40 children are diagnosed with cancer
  • 1 out of 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer dies
  • 3 out of 5 who survive children’s cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
  • Across all ages, ethnic and socio-economic groups, cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children.

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.

Ways to help

Limited edition Kick Childhood Cancer scarves and t-shirts will be worn by players, coaches and referees during pre-game activities. The apparel, along with other “gold-themed” merchandise, including lapel pins and plush toys, are available for purchase at and at select in-stadium retailers with proceeds benefiting Children’s Oncology Group.

DONATE! You also have the opportunity to donate directly to Children’s Oncology Group by visiting

Kick Childhood Cancer donations have helped strengthen Children’s Oncology Group's research efforts across the entire spectrum of pediatric cancers, including Project:EveryChild — which aims to capture the biology and outcome data of every child diagnosed with cancer. A single enrollment into a clinical trial for Project:EveryChild can approach $10,000. MLS has contributed to offsetting the costs of nearly 15,000 children by the end of 2018 and an anticipated 25,000 by 2019.