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Rapids, KSE Charities, and Teammates for Kids to donate $36000 to six organizations

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, August 15, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids, in partnership with Kroenke Sports Charities and Teammates for Kids Foundation will be awarding a total of $36,000 in grants to six non-profit organizations that provide education, health or inner city services to underserved children in Colorado. They will present the grants to a representative of each organization at halftime of the Rapids match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, August 17 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The six organizations receiving a grant are the American Diabetes Association, Special Olympics Colorado, Love, Light & Melody, Mount Saint Vincent Home, Gabby’s Bags of Fun and the Myocarditis Foundation. All six organizations were chosen by Kroenke Sports Charities to receive the grants based on their relationship with the Rapids and dedication to the goals and values of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.

The grant money that will be donated on Saturday was raised entirely by Colorado Rapids players over the last two seasons, who donated either a flat amount or made a performance-based pledge, and was then matched by Teammates for Kids Foundation to total $36,000. Teammates for Kids Foundation is a Denver based organization founded by Garth Brooks and Troy Aikman that focuses on helping children in the areas of health, education and inner-city outreach. For more information, visit www.teammatesforkids.com.

On Saturday, the Rapids take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, looking to extend their eight-game unbeaten streak and continue their run for the playoffs. The Rapids are currently tied for fifth overall in the league, and could see the debut of new signings Gabriel Torres and the home debut of Vicente Sanchez during Saturday’s game.

American Diabetes Association

Program - The mission of the American Diabetes Association Camp Colorado is to foster independence, self- confidence and awareness of a healthy lifestyle through education, nutrition, exercise, emotional wellbeing and glucose control in children. 

Special Olympics Colorado

Program - Project UNIFY Soccer program (DETAILS)

Love, Light Melody

Mission - Love Light & Melody uses creativity and the healing power of the arts to capture and expose stories of injustice and extreme poverty, holding to the light what is often hidden in darkness. LLM exists to unify communities in need and amplify their stories, believing for the emotional, physical and spiritual restoration of individuals enduring all forms of poverty. 

Mount Saint Vincent Home

Mission - Mount Saint Vincent is a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Donation: To continue to stock the “activity cart” which KSE Charities produced as a gift to RMHC in 2010 such as re-supply activities / games / toys which are distributed.

Gabby’s Bags of Fun

Mission - Provides age-appropriate gifts to children in hospital at HealthONE facilities including Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.  

Myocarditis Foundation

Mission - The organization is dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information to medical professionals, patients and their families, and to the scientific advancement of both the diagnosis and treatment of the disease with the goal of saving more lives. Will designate donation with the Sidekicks on behalf of Elysa Rojas, daughter of Rapids Trainer Jaimie Rojas and his family, who passed earlier this year.


Kroenke Sports Charities is a Colorado based 501c3 organization committed to improving the lives of families and children in Colorado. Our strategic community investment is in many forms: support of education, health and hunger programs, and youth organizations via grants and donations to non-profit agencies.  For more information, click here.