Sporting Kansas City scores big for local children

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Sporting Kansas City did a lot more than win games last season -- they teamed up with the Gillis Center and helped raise thousands of dollars for at-risk children and their families.

Fans participated by pledging a dollar or more for every goal that Sporting Kansas City scored last year as part of the "Goals for Gillis" program. All together, fans helped raise close to $6,000.

"Kids in this community are really important to us, and they're a big part of what we do. They're huge consumers of the product that we offer, so anything we can do to try to give back is important to us," Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said.

The Gillis Center has been active in the Kansas City area since 1870. Its mission is to help at-risk children and families reach their potential through education, counseling and social services.

Last year was the first time they partnered with Sporting KC. The team scored 43 goals last season, but Heineman said he wishes they could have scored more to help more children.

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