The sixth edition of Kick Childhood Cancer, an MLS WORKS initiative, is underway, and teams around the league have been busy in the community. Below you can find the latest efforts from MLS and its teams during childhood cancer awareness month, benefitting Children's Oncology Group.
Atlanta hosted a nurses' luncheon during a conference for pediatric nurses, surprising the health-care workers with a surprise lunch for those in attendance on Sept. 9.
The next day, the Five Stripes held a game night with participants at Camp Sunshine.
Atlanta also hosted four Conquer Kids – four fans who are pediatric cancer patients or cancer survivors who had an opportunity to spend time with their favorite player.
Making dreams come true one kick at a time ✨— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 14, 2019
LGP teaching young fan, Keren, how to score goals pic.twitter.com/LGQXJ6LEUo
During the Sept. 14 game at home against Columbus, VIP guests created a yellow ribbon for pediatric cancer awareness on the field during the pregame ceremonies, as part of a full rollout for their Kick Childhood Cancer game.
The Fire hosted Kick Childhood Cancer Awareness for their game on Sept. 14 against FC Dallas.
The Rapids held KCC Awareness Night on Wednesday, Sept. 11 as they defeated the LA Galaxy 2-1 at DSG Park, welcoming Reyna Rosenbeck, a patient at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, as their “Kid Captain.” Colorado also auctioned off their limited-edition gold player-worn warmup shirts to raise funds for Kroenke Sports Charities.
On Saturday FCD participated in the second annual "Pulling Together" event, a Texas-sized tug-of-war to fight pediatric cancer at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas in partnership with CBS 11, the North Texas Business Alliance and Southwest Kia. FCD faced off against the Dallas Mavericks Entertainment Squad and came out the victors, in the process raising more than $10,000 in donations to the Children’s Cancer Fund.
The Loons donated tickets for Sunday's home match vs. Real Salt Lake to Children's Minnesota, an evening packed with KCC events involving children impacted by cancer in every aspect of the game. That included player escorts, a junior broadcaster and the selection of Betty, a 6-year-old ‘soccer fanatic’ and Children’s leukemia patient, as the game’s honorary captain.
Betty also got to spend some time with the team in the leadup to the match:
On Monday, Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone and several of his teammates visited the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Center to serve pizza and meet some young patients:
Best part of my job is being able to get to know those little fighters and families but also all the people that help them on daily basis @childrenscancer 🙏🏻❤️— Vito Mannone (@VitoMannone88) September 16, 2019
happy to know my efforts and MOTM performances transformed in a donation to help you guys #KickChildhoodCancer pic.twitter.com/3XPrNsS2Ps
After seven months of #osteosarcoma treatment, our buddy Nate celebrated his last day of chemo with @VitoMannone88 and Chase Gasper today! 🎉🎉— Masonic Children's (@UMNChildrens) September 16, 2019
Thanks to @MNUFC and @childrenscancer for helping us #KickChildhoodCancer! pic.twitter.com/SZSxFKAVgx
Over the past week the Union continued their yearly tradition of teaming up childhood cancer patients and athletes to design custom cleats and apparel to be worn during warmups for the annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Night.
We tasked our #Fearless43🎗 to draw what makes them happy.— X - Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) September 13, 2019
💛💛We used their artwork to create some custom gear for @Eagles, @NHLFlyers and @Phillies athletes for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month💛💛
Philly Goes Gold to #KickChildhoodCancer 👉https://t.co/7gsvAS0QBx#DOOP pic.twitter.com/WOzuyUjLKs
This year, the club partnered with Kisses For Kyle to work with 43 childhood cancer patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. Young artists were the guests of honor at the club's Pediatric Cancer Awareness match on Saturday, as the Union hosted league leaders LAFC. The club also hosted a pregame fashion show on the stadium plaza that night, in partnership with Mascots for a Cure and A Moment of Magic.
On Sunday, the Timbers welcomed kids from the Children’s Cancer Association who created designs that the club are putting on t-shirts, which will be given to kids and families and also signed by Timbers players and auctioned off, with the proceeds benefitting CCA.
Today we hosted three kids from @CCAJoyRx! Peter, Emely and Weston all designed their own T-shirt with the @timbersfc and @thornsfc as their inspiration! They got to attend the match, watch warmups and meet @timberjoey, @em_meningitis3 & @BillTuiloma! #kickchildhoodcancer #RCTID pic.twitter.com/c3SeOtTek1— Stand Together (@PTStandTogether) September 15, 2019
As part of the Collaborating with Kindness 911 program, Timber Joey and the rest of the Rose City side also welcomed Camden, a 4-year-old battling a brain tumor, to the match:
The Rave Green highlighted youth battling cancer or in remission from Austen Everett foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital at Sunday's 4-2 home win over the New York Red Bulls, including an in-stadium video feature, participation in SSFC's Zulily dream team and shoutouts in their traditional starting XI call and repeat.
The Sounders are also supporting club legend Zach Scott in the fight against childhood cancer via his "Out for Blood with Zach Scott" project, a blood drive that helps meet the needs of kids undergoing cancer treatments:
Our friend Layla is just five years old, but has already received 36 transfusions during her cancer treatment.— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 13, 2019
Help us #KickChildhoodCancer and register for Out For Blood with @ZKScott. 💛
MORE ➡️ https://t.co/epEpykrCKS@SlalomSeattle | @BloodworksNW pic.twitter.com/qbagjZK3Cd
On Wednesday, Sounders FC are partnering with Love Your Melon for Kick Childhood Cancer night as FC Dallas visit CenturyLink Field. Fans can receive a LYM beanie with ticket purchase and have the option to donate their ticket for the game to a youth battling cancer:
🚨 One day left to buy your @LoveYourMelon Sounders beanie! 🚨— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 17, 2019
OPTION 1: Receive a beanie with your ticket purchase.
OPTION 2: Receive a beanie with an option to donate your 9/18 ticket to a youth battling cancer. 💛
BUY: https://t.co/pA880tKaFI pic.twitter.com/3Hm3rMUnFO
On Saturday, VWFC held their Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars charity match before their 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, featuring a number of actors/celebrities currently filming or based in Vancouver, including Jacob Tremblay, Jensen Ackles, Ross Lynch and cast members from The 100, Riverdale, Siren and A Million Little Things as well as Whitecaps alumni.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was also in attendance and made a $10,000 donation to Whitecaps FC community partners, supporting British Columbia’s kids. The match also featured Kid Captain Corbin, who was honored for his successful battle against leukemia:
Meet Corbin 💛— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) September 14, 2019
Diagnosed with Leukemia at 6 years old, Corbin has never stopped fighting. Facing every challenge with bravery and grace, he completed treatment in April 💪
Hit the RT button to support tomorrow’s Kid Captain and @COGorg! #KickChildhoodCancer pic.twitter.com/HG1Bo4ZmQc