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Soccer Kicks Cancer

In our continued efforts to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment, MLS WORKS Soccer Kicks Cancer focuses on providing strength and hope in the fight against cancers affecting men, women and children.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Kick Childhood Cancer, the League-wide childhood cancer awareness campaign helps find better cures for all types of pediatric cancer.  The Kick Childhood Cancer national campaign benefits Children’s Oncology Group.

Why Childhood Cancer?

  • Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • One out of five children who is diagnosed with cancer dies. Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children.
  • Three out of five who survive children’s cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.

Children’s Oncology Group

Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. COG unites more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer. Children’s Oncology Group’s Project:EveryChild is an initiative to find better cures for every type of childhood cancer, no matter how rare.

Sophia Chang inspired on-field apparel

In 2016, MLS players and referees wore Kick Childhood Cancer t-shirts designed by renowned designer and illustrator Sophia Chang during on-field pregame activities.  Coaches and training staff wore the Kick Childhood Cancer scarves during matches, and all players had a Kick Childhood Cancer patch on their jersey. Each match in September also featured yellow soccer nets and corner flags to promote awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Kick Childhood Cancer scarves and t-shirts are available at MLSstore.com and select in-stadium retailers, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Oncology Group. 

Breast Cancer Awareness

Major League Soccer and its clubs will continue to raise awareness for breast cancer research and treatment during all matches throughout the month of October.