Former Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Wizards owner Lamar Hunt will be inducted as a Sporting Legend into Sporting Kansas City’s Hall of Honor the team has announced. Sporting KC, which was initially established as the Wizards by Lamar Hunt, will honor Hunt at halftime of Sporting’s game against the Philadelphia Union on Friday.
“My family and I are thrilled that my father Lamar will be inducted into the Sporting Legends hall of honor this weekend,” Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Although he always shied away from individual accolades, I know that this honor would have been especially meaningful to him, because of his unwavering affection for the sports fans in Kansas City and his unbridled passion for the sport of soccer in the United States.”
The Hunt Family owned the Wizards from 1996 until 2006, a period which included the franchises first MLS Cup, first U.S. Open Cup, and the clubs’ only Supporter’s Shield. Additionally, Hunt was critical in getting the MLS started, owning two other team s besides the Wizards: Dallas Burn and Columbus Crew. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992.
Clark Hunt will represent the family on Friday.
We are very grateful to our partners and friends at Sporting KC for recognizing Lamar, and we look forward to the ceremony at beautiful Sporting Park this Friday.”