2014 – The year of the almost parade

Kathy-Nelson-2011It would have been a great celebration parade! Hours of work went in to discussing, planning, organizing, and rehearsing a KC Royals Paradeparade and victory rally at Union Station. The Sports Commission partnered with many great organizations to plan what would have been an incredible Royal Celebration. But wasn’t the ride to the final game fun?

During the weeks of planning for a Royal Celebration, I couldn’t help but think of all the great things our city has to celebrate from 2014.

So many incredible successes and announcements, some even parade worthy in my opinion. I’m sure something is missing from my list, so I welcome your feedback.

  1. The Kansas City Royals and the unexpected month of October!
  2. FC Kansas City winning the 2014 NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) Championship.
  3. The Missouri Comets winning the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) Championship.
  4. Kansas City awarded two NCAA Division I basketball Regional rounds. Men’s in 2017 and Women’s in 2018, both at Sprint Center.
  5. Park University Women’s Volleyball team going 40-0, and winning the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship.
  6. UMKC Women’s Volleyball winning the WAC (Western Athletic Conference).
  7. The success of our local high schools in state tournaments, in numerous sports.
  8. The Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds. Another incredible successful event for our city and our Sports Commission. It, in itself, is a parade throughout our community.
  9. The numerous NCAA championships we hosted in December. Division III Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships and Division II Football Championship.
  10. Our city. Our thriving community, our friends, our relatives and our co-workers. We should all celebrate each other!

As I reflect personally on 2014, it is hard not to smile at a few of my highlights:

  1. My oldest daughter graduating from high school and now attending Colorado State University. Such a proud mom!
  2. My other daughter, still in high school, succeeding in both sports and academics. Good luck to the Olathe Northwest Ravens girls’ basketball team this season.
  3. My 20th wedding anniversary – how my husband puts up with me I will never understand. I am thankful for his sportsman like qualities that help make us a great team!
  4. Working with our incredible staff at the Sports Commission/WIN for KC and how they approach everything we do with a championship attitude. I am thankful for each one of them!
  5. Attending the Musial Awards in St. Louis, produced by our counterparts – the St. Louis Sports Commission. Gaining me a deeper appreciation of the role sports can play in our lives. I witnessed the recognition of athletes, coaches and parents who demonstrated incredible sportsmanship. Qualities such as respect, compassion, selflessness and integrity, were showcased in the 11 national award winners. They were honored for their humility, generosity, excellence and class all exhibited through sports and all so deserving of an award named after Stan “The Man” Musial.

Now it’s time to turn our focus on 2015 and how we will continue to celebrate all the positive impact sports has in our lives.

Luncheon_transparentPlans are well underway for our WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon on February 12 and our Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet on April 15. Both of these events honor outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports and allow us to celebrate sportsmanship and sports in our community.

I look forward to our paths crossing in the coming months at an event noted below or one of our awards celebrations mentioned above.

Thank you for being involved with our organization, as a participant, volunteer, fan or donor. You help to support our dedication of promoting and enriching Kansas City through sports. Thank for your celebrating with us the positive impact that sport can have, while helping to improve the quality of life in our city. We are concentrated on continuing to positively impact our community through sports.

All my best,


Upcoming Events:

Price Chopper High School Basketball Classic at Sprint Center: January 192015 Big 12 Run Logo-120W

WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration: February 12

MIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament: March 5-8

Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship: March 11-14

Kansas City’s Big 12 Run – 12K & 5K: March 14

NAIA Men’s & Women’s National Championships: March 18-24

KC Sports Commission Sports Awards Banquet: April 15

By Kathy Nelson, President & CEO