Two organizations, one purpose
In 2016, Children’s Mercy and Sporting Kansas City began a ground-breaking, long-term partnership. Together, these two prominent Kansas City organizations are working to create positive change in the health and well-being of our community.
The partnership has three primary goals:
- Improve access to pediatric-trained sports medicine
- Strengthen the community
- Protect youth athletes and educate parents and coaches
Red Card KC
In 2018, Sporting KC and Children’s Mercy launched a joint initiative known as Red Card KC. This program works to fulfill the partnership’s goals by addressing the growing health and wellness concerns related to bullying. To learn more, contact us at RedCardKC@cmh.edu.
Health impacts of bullying
Bullying has become an increasingly prevalent problem in Kansas City and across the nation. Both kids who are bullied and kids who bully others can have long-term mental and physical health concerns.
Kids and teens who are affected by bullying can experience feelings of isolation, rejection and depression. Even more concerning is the increased incidence of suicide and violent behavior among young people today.
Helping people speak up
When bystanders are empowered to act when they witness bullying, it can make a big difference in the lives of all who are affected.
Children’s Mercy and Sporting KC are teaming up to help kids, teens and adults speak up against bullying. By using the iconic soccer red card—a widely recognized symbol of unacceptable behavior—Red Card KC will call attention to the problem of bullying and encourage positive behavior at schools, on playgrounds, and in the community.