October 09, 2013
The award-winning Overland Park Soccer Complex will turn pink this weekend as thousands of girl soccer players from around the region take to the fields for the Midwest All Girls (MAG) soccer tournament. Johnson County healthcare leaders Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, along with Midwest Physicians, are the exclusive healthcare partners with Heartland Soccer Association (HSA) and the Overland Park Soccer Complex, both headquartered in Overland Park. The HSA supports the prestigious tournament this weekend at the OP Soccer Complex.
And in an unprecedented show of support for breast cancer awareness and to serve as a visual reminder that early screening saves lives, staff at the OP Soccer Complex will wear pink t-shirts and field marshal vests, and pink referee and corner flags will be posted on every field during the tournament.
This weekend’s pink presence is designed to call attention to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and remind women to get their mammogram. The MAG features 259 teams from nine states, drawing thousands of children, parents, grandparents and families from across the region in one of the Kansas City metropolitan area’s largest all girls annual soccer tournaments.
The hospitals—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — will also host an interactive community health fair as a part of their commitment to keeping the community healthy. Sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, cancer specialists and therapists will be on hand to provide tips on staying healthy. With the expertise of the area’s largest physician network and award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and high-quality, compassionate care, Menorah, Overland Park Regional and Midwest Physicians make the partnership with HSA a win-win for athletes, coaches, parents and the medical professionals who attend tournaments and league play throughout the year.
“We are dedicated to providing these talented young soccer players the very best medical care available as they engage in this rigorous sport,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “We are delighted to advance our partnership with the award-winning Overland Park Soccer Complex while promoting breast health among women of all ages.”
Damond Boatwright, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center notes that this weekend’s message that early detection saves lives is integral in the fight against breast cancer. “We take great pride supporting young athletes while encouraging optimal breast health among their families and friends,” he says. “Our physicians and staff are excited to be at the Complex and to continue our work with the highly regarded Heartland Soccer Association.”
“As a physician who cares for patients every day battling breast cancer, I’m energized about the opportunity to turn the soccer complex pink as breast cancer does not discriminate, and reaching multiple generations and an entire region allows us to reach more women with a simple message: Good breast health including the need for self-exams, medical check-ups and mammograms saves lives,” says Anne Kobbermann, MD, board-certified and fellowship trained Breast Surgical Oncologist from Midwest Cancer Care and on staff at Menorah and Overland Park Regional. “The pink fields also honor survivors of breast cancer and lives saved through quality cancer care.”
“Our partnership with Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and the physicians of Midwest Physicians is a valuable asset to the community and to our organization as it keeps kids safe on and off the field,” says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, Heartland Soccer Association. “We look forward to this weekend’s unique collaboration to raise awareness for a disease that affects thousands of women each year — and what better time to do that than during one of the region’s most popular all-girls tournaments.”
In addition to promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of mammography, the interactive health fair will showcase the da Vinci Robot throughout the tournament so that athletes and their families can “test drive” and learn about the advanced robotic technology. The da Vinci Robot facilitates complex minimally invasive surgical procedures.
For more information about this partnership, visit midwestsportscare.com or call (913) 262-1412.