A year ago, the owners and players from Kansas City’s new women’s professional soccer team celebrated International Women’s Day with fans of the club at Union Station. Since then, the Kansas City Current have sought to elevate women’s sports in Kansas City, and KC itself — especially the women in their community.

“The difference this time around is that while the Current has only been around for a year,” said WIN for KC director Jessica Blubaugh. “The amount of not only financial investment, but community relationship investment, that they have already established in this market is sort of astounding “It’s game-changing. I’m not sure folks fully understand or see the ripple effect of what kind of impact and precedent that it sets not only for women’s sports, but professional sports in general.”

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