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The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

University of Missouri-Kansas City partners with Sporting Kansas City Kansas City Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin and Sporting Kansas City President and CEO Jake Reid have announced an extension to the strategic partnership between Kansas City Athletics and Sporting Kansas City. This partnership will allow Kansas City Athletics to collaborate with one of the nation's premier professional soccer clubs.   "We are excited to partner with a respected brand and organization like Sporting," Dr. Martin said. "The Kansas City region is rich in talent for both men's and women's soccer. Given our goal to be a premier soccer program nationally, partnering with Sporting is necessary for continued elevation, exposure and growth for our programs. I want to thank Jake Reid, Peter Vermes and the Sporting leadership in their belief and commitment in our goal of comprehensive excellence."   Celebrating its 25th season as a charter member of Major League Soccer, Sporting enters 2020 on the heels of a transformational decade highlighted by four major championships and eight-straight playoff appearances under Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes. Sporting is a two-time MLS Cup champion and a four-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, establishing itself as one of the most successful teams in American soccer. Guided by the Sporting Club ownership group, Sporting has opened world-class facilities such as Children's Mercy Park, Swope Soccer Village, Wyandotte Sporting Fields and Pinnacle while investing in the Sporting KC Academy and Sporting Kansas City II for developing local youth into homegrown talent.   Specific elements of the partnership will include: Structured opportunities to visit Sporting KC training facilitiesPotential for KC Athletics to schedule non-conference competitions at Sporting's home stadium, Children's Mercy ParkOpportunities for youth to develop their skills under the guidance of KC Athletics and Sporting soccer coaches and provide a pathway for their success to college and professional soccerCollaboration with Sporting leadership on cross-marketing opportunities, match presentation, fan development and experienceSelect opportunities for KC Athletics soccer coaches to participate in education workshops and trainingAs part of the new Sporting U program, UMKC students will be allowed to attend Sporting Kansas City matches at a special rate with a valid college ID

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