The sixth edition of Kick Childhood Cancer, an MLS WORKS initiative, will begin Aug. 31 as part of childhood cancer awareness month. The campaign is set to benefit the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
All 24 clubs will partake in the monthlong campaign, which will include a gold adidas Nativo Questra 2019 Official Match Ball during all matches, as well as gold corner flags and goal nets. Further, Kick Childhood Cancer gold captain’s armbands and gold-ribbon jersey patches will be worn by the players. Coaches and technical staff members will don Kick Childhood Cancer pins and New Era caps on the sideline.
Fans are encouraged to support the campaign by using #KickChildhoodCancer on social media. For each post with the hashtag, MLS will donate $1 to COG. Fans can also purchase special edition adidas Kick Childhood Cancer training tops worn by players pregame on MLSstore.com and in team shops starting Aug. 30. Kick Childhood Cancer New Era caps will also be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting COG.
Fans can win these specialty training tops, too, by entering MLS WORKS’ sweepstakes on Instagram. To enter, comment #KickChildhoodCancer and #Sweepstakes, follow @MLSWORKS and tag two or more friends.
Autographed and game-used memorabilia will be auctioned off online from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7 and as part of MLS WORKS’ holiday auction from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9.
As a part of the Kick Childhood Cancer Night on Sept. 7, players will wear the KCC training tops during warmups and procession, and Orlando City will introduce the Starting XI Against Cancer as a part of the pregame announcements. The Starting XI Against Cancer will honor and recognize eleven children who are currently battling cancer or are in remission. In addition, club staff will wear yellow ribbons to recognize the cause. The club's beneficiary is Orlando Health | Arnold Palmer Hospital
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. MLS has helped to offset the costs of more than 17,000 enrollments to-date in Project:EveryChild, with an expected 25,000 to be enrolled by the end of 2019. Fans can also donate directly to Children’s Oncology Group.
For more information on Kick Childhood Cancer, Children’s Oncology Group or other MLS WORKS initiatives, visit MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks.