USA Women to take on KC Shock
Kansas City, Kansas - On Saturday, June 15, the Kansas City Shock will play the United States Deaf Women's National Team in a friendly exhibition match as the USDWNT prepares for their upcoming campaign in the 22nd Deaflympic Games in Bulgaria at the end of July.
"This is an incredible opportunity," said Shock CEO Shawn Daugherty. "For myself this is the true definition of multiple groups working together to grow the beautiful game. At the same time we're thrilled to showcase the hospitality of Kansas City, whether it be by businesses or fans, we want to continue to demonstrate how great the people of the Great Plains can be. The Kansas City Shock is my dream coming true, now it's our organization's responsibility to assist in the dreams of others."
Donation boxes will be available at the 5 pmmatch to help support the USDWNT on their trip to Bulgaria, as they are currently funded entirely through donations, fund-raising, and out-of-pocket money.
"The Shock has been incredibly supportive since our journey began a month before the Deaf World Cup in Turkey in early summer of 2012," said USDWNT goalkeeper and captain Meghan Maiwald. "Shawn finding out about the US Women's Deaf National Team on social media and our uniform situation put both teams on the map. The Shock was and still is the first premier women's soccer program here in the United States and worldwide to recognize and fully support the USDWNT."
The Shock staff and team, as well as the USDWNT have been anticipating this match with excitement as the team coming in will be the USDWNT at full power and will inevitably foster an excellent display of soccer prowess.
"We’re certainly looking forward to our last training camp before we leave for Bulgaria on July 19th," said USDWNT head coach Yon Struble. "This will be the first and last time the whole roster will be together before we depart. The game against the Shock will be tough, they have games under their belt and have been training together for the last few weeks. Nonetheless, we will be there to compete and hopefully give a good game for those in attendance."
"The KC Shock staff has gone beyond the call of duty of welcoming us in and hosting training camp," Maiwald said. "Along with a exciting scrimmage with the newest women's premier soccer team in the United States, the KC Shock. The USDWNT players are flying in from all corners of the country; as far as California, Michigan, New York, Florida, and as well as Kansas!"
In addition to the match serving to help raise support the USDWNT, the Kansas City Shock is partnering with local charity, Blair's Foster Socks. The 501-C3 charity, which was begun in memory of 11-year-old Blair Shanahan Lane, collects and distributes sock donations to foster children, and other children in need. Blair was killed in July of 2011 after a stray bullet - shot in excitement of Independence Day celebrations - struck her at her home in Raytown, MO. The charity honors her giving and generous heart in an effort to continue her dream of providing help to children in need.
To help raise support for Blair's Foster Socks, ticket prices at the match will be reduced from $12 to $8 if patrons bring a pair or package of children's socks to donate to the charity. A donation box will also be set up for the Blair's Foster Socks Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund will accumulate until the time when Blair would have graduated from high school - 2018 - upon which it will be given to high school graduates in need. For more information on the Blair's Foster Socks organization visit www.blairsofstersocks.org.
The match is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday the 15th at Kansas City Kansas Community College, the Shock's home field. Gates openat 4:15 pm, parking is free, and general admission is $8 with a pair or package of socks, and $12 without. For more information on the US Deaf Women's National Team visit www.usdeafsoccer.com.
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