Children’s Mercy partners with Sporting Kansas City; stadium to be renamed

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The Sporting KC stadium will be renamed Children’s Mercy Park, part of a partnership announced today by Children’s Mercy Hospital and Sporting Kansas City. The two partners have also announced a set of programs they say will promote the health and fitness of children.

The deal gives Children’s Mercy exclusive naming rights to the stadium currently known as Sporting Park, and Sporting KC’s training center and the championship field and training center at Swope Soccer Village. Children’s Mercy will also become the official healthcare and sports medicine partner partner of the National Training Center, which will break ground in Kansas City, Kan., in the spring of 2016.

The two organizations said that their new relationship will improve access to pediatric-trained sports medicine services. Children’s Mercy will open a “state of the art” Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center at the National Training Center when it is built. It will serve both Sporting Kansas City Academy players and young athletes from all sports.

The partnership includes enhancing a Sporting Kansas City program that helps children with cancer obtain the resources they need. It also includes several educational and sports training components.

“It’s not every day that an opportunity like this comes along, to partner with an organization like Sporting Kansas City whose passion and commitment to improving the health of our region’s youth is beyond question,” said Randall O’Donnell, PhD, President and CEO of Children’s Mercy.

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