The Alliance of Southwest Missouri Helps Local Child Go to International Strider Competition in Osaka, Japan

(Joplin, MO) – Donors have helped the Alliance of Southwest Missouri reach its fundraising goal of $500 for three-year-old Sylas McCain and his family who are headed to the 2023 Strider World Cup Championship in Osaka, Japan.

A check will be presented to Sylas at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17, at the family’s bike shop, Wizard Works Cyclery, which is located at 215 E. Main street in Neosho. This generous sponsorship was made possible as a result of a public matching campaign funded through community donations and Full Potential, an Alliance program designed to get kids plugged into sports and other extracurricular activities at a young age.

As a result of Full Potential and Sylas’ fans across the area, the family has met their fundraising goal of $7,500 to cover the costs of lodging, flights, meals, and registration fees for the international competition.

Sylas is one of just ten children chosen to represent Team USA! The Strider World Cup race will take place on May 27 and 28. Follow Sylas’ journey on Instagram @SylasShreds as we cheer from the sidelines.

To learn more about Full Potential, visit the Alliance’s website.

About The Alliance of Southwest Missouri:

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri exists to make Southwest Missouri the safest place for kids to thrive. The Alliance identifies concerns, locates resources, and facilitates change through community collaborations, education, and prevention work in Jasper, Newton, Barton, and McDonald County. Our programs exist to prevent childhood abuse, injury, and death by helping children and the adults in their lives in making safer choices and creating safer environments.


Kate Kelley, Coalition & Full Potential Coordinator
The Alliance of SWMO

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