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Trailblazers: KC Current

When the National Women’s Soccer League announced in December of 2020 that a new franchise of women’s soccer was being awarded to Kansas City, it meant an enormous influx of volunteers and civic-minded players would be getting acquainted with Kansas City area non profits. Owners Angie and Chris Long and Brittany Matthews were clear in their direction: elevate women, athletes, the sport, and the city. The KC Current players have lived up to the directive, and have made their mark helping others.

KC Current players thanked Saint Luke’s Health Systems’ frontline health workers for their hard work during the pandemic. Pictured are Kristen Hamilton, Dr. Suzanne Arnold, Maddie Nolf, Dr. Anthony Magalski, Kate Del Fava, Dr. Stephanie Lawhorn, Dr. Tracy Stevens, and Katelyn Rowland.


KC Current and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City partnered to attend a Girls on the Run practice with students from Kansas City International Academy and participated in their mental and physical health training. Current Player Taylor Leach posed with the students. Taylor said, “I loved working with Girls on the Run. It’s so important for girls to understand how powerful they are, and how to rest and recharge when they need it. These girls are serious athletes, and I hope there are a few future Current players among them!”


Following their season, KC Current players donate new and gently used equipment to Lily’s League, an organization run by high school student, Lily Sowle. Items are then given to children in disadvantaged areas of the city. Kristen Hamilton and Elizabeth Ball helped to organize the shoe donation. Elizabeth said, “This community is unmatched when it comes to passion and support. We are so lucky to be able to play for this city and this fan base. Hopefully this year we can bring them the championship they want and deserve!”


Funds raised through Challenge Cup Jersey Auction benefited Variety KC, who in turn, used those funds to purchase a new adaptive bike for Variety child, Haylee. KC Current Player AD Franch presented the bike to Haylee.


KC Current Player Hailie Mace visited KC Pet Project and went home with a new friend of her own!


Lo’eau LaBonta, KC Current player; with a KC Pet Project pal


Jaycie Johnson, KC Current player; helped deliver holiday gifts to the families at Synergy Services. Jaycie said, “I grew up in Kansas City, and this community means so much to me. I love any chance we get to volunteer with the fans and local organizations. This team has really embraced our hometown, and we’re excited to keep it going this season!”

Featured in the March 19, 2022 issue of The Independent.


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