KCP&L Partners with Sporting KC and El Padrino Soccer League

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 11, 2014) — Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) recently signed a multi-year agreement with Sporting Kansas City to become the team’s official solar energy solutions provider and a community partner of the El Padrino Soccer League, a Sporting Club Network member.

“KCP&L is excited to partner with Sporting Kansas City and the El Padrino Soccer League,” said Chuck Caisley, KCP&L Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs. “Renewable energy and community involvement are two focus areas for our company and we look forward to this new opportunity.”

In addition to the future installation of solar panels at Sporting Kansas City facilities, KCP&L will have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of soccer players in the Kansas City metropolitan area through its community partnership with the El Padrino Soccer League. KCP&L will help support the league with soccer clinics for youth players and coaches, as well through apparel and energy education among other benefits.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with KCP&L. Both of our organizations share similar interests and attributes, the main one being our local ties and our mutual commitment to making Kansas City a better place to work, live and play,” said Jamie Guin, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Sporting Kansas City. “We look forward to a fruitful relationship with KCP&L and its entire organization for the long term.”   

KCP&L is devoted to improving the communities where its customers live and work, as well as supporting renewable energy projects. Together with community partners, KCP&L is proud to make a meaningful difference throughout the Kansas City area. 

Sporting Kansas City is owned by a group of local Kansas City business and community leaders comprised of Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday and Robb Heineman. The club prides itself on its commitment and vision to provide high-performance entertainment and consumer experiences. Sporting Club purchased the team from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006, and under their direction have opened a world-class training center at Swope Park and state-of-the-art Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., while investing in the Sporting KC Academy for developing local youth into homegrown talent. Sporting Kansas City was crowned MLS Cup champions in 2013, claiming a second league title in the team's 18-year history as a charter member of Major League Soccer. The team is also a two-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and will represent Major League Soccer in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
About KCP&L:
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.