On October 12, 2013, Kansas Rush and Chevrolet hosted a clinic for more than 100 local Hispanic youth soccer players at Van Brunt Athletic Complex, bringing the power of play to children in Kansas City. Each player was given a free One World Futbol – a nearly indestructible soccer ball.
Kei Kamara, former Sporting KC player; Brendan Ruiz, player for Sporting KC; and Stefan Stokic, player for Missouri Comets, joined Tim Schulz, President and CEO of Rush Soccer Club; Daouda Kante, Technical Director of Kansas Rush; coaches from Kansas Rush; and guest coaches from the metropolitan area to share their passion of the game with the youth players.
Local groups benefitting from the clinic and donation included youth soccer players from Resurrection Catholic School and The Guadalupe Centers, Inc. Both organizations serve a predominately low-income Hispanic population from Kansas City’s urban core.
“The students at Resurrection Catholic School appreciate the invitation from Kansas Rush to attend Chevrolet’s One World Futbol soccer clinic,” said Susan Hagenkord, Physical Education Teacher at Resurrection Catholic School. “Our students love the game of soccer but don't have many opportunities to play organized sports. This is a great chance to learn the game right in the heart of Kansas City!”
As the oldest continuous Latino serving organization in the United States, the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. has been serving the local Kansas City Latino community since 1919.
“The Center is excited to collaborate with One World Futbol, Chevrolet, and Kansas Rush to bring this fantastic opportunity to the Urban Core Youth of Kansas City,” said Cris Medina, CEO of Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
Reacting to the event, President and CEO of Rush Soccer Tim Schulz said, “The children obviously had a wonderful time which is paramount. We are there to make the kids feel good…to create an environment of passion and purpose. We as leaders and teachers must put the player at the center of our mission; and that is what Kansas Rush, in conjunction with Chevrolet and OWF, did with this event.”
In August, Chevrolet became the Official Automotive Sponsor of Rush Soccer, the largest and fastest growing youth soccer club in the world. The partnership makes Chevrolet the front and center jersey sponsor of Rush teams in the U.S. and includes multiple engagement opportunities during youth soccer clinics and tournaments throughout the year.