The SportsPage 2009 Fall Newsletter
We are emerging from a period of unprecedented success with our immediate past chair, Ken Hager, passing the ball to Pete Ciacco at our August full board meeting. Ken did an outstanding job and we are very appreciative of his support and his service on our Executive Committee since 1998. While Ken’s specialty was the world of finance, Pete’s background is oriented toward marketing. Read more..
Sportsfest Kansas City 2009
Join us September 12-13 for a celebration of sports! SportsFest is the watch party for all the local colleges and professional teams. Come out on Saturday and enjoy live interaction with fans, athletes and various sports vendors. Then be there on Sunday as the Chiefs kick-off their regular season against the Ravens. Also on Sunday, you won’t want to miss the Tour of Missouri. From 2-5 pm watch from the Power & Light District as some of the top cyclists in the world fly by 7 separate times during the final circuit stage…read more.
Tour of Missouri will finish in Kansas City on September 13 with a circuit around the city. World-class cyclists will be participating including Mark Cavendish, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, Thor Hushovd, Franco Pellizotti and many more top Tour de France finishers. Read more.
The Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon will be on Saturday, October 17. A Health & Fitness Expo kicks off marathon weekend at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall A where packet pick-up will be held. Booths are still available if you would like to place your product directly in the hands of 10,000 runners. Click here for Expo information. There is still time to sign up for the marathon, half marathon 5K and team relay. Help us go green by registering online, it’s the same price! Click here to register. For more information visit the official website.
Children of all abilities are invited to participate in the 2nd annual Kansas City Kids’ Marathon benefitting Children’s Mercy Hospital. This event rounds up a full morning of races for the Kansas City Marathon giving all participants the opportunity to experience part of the official marathon course. Every kid is a winner as they learn that fitness can be fun, a lesson that will last a lifetime. To learn more and sign up your child to run the marathon click here.
2009 Missouri State High School Volleyball Championships
The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation will play host for the second year to the Missouri State High School Girls Volleyball State Championships Friday and Saturday, November 6-7 playing in historical Municipal Auditorium.
The tournament features 16 teams – four teams in each of the MSHSAA’s four volleyball classifications. Round-robin play begins Friday at 9 a.m. and runs until approximately 10 p.m. Saturday the championship and third-place matches will be contested. Twenty-four matches are played on Friday to determine the match ups for Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Municipal box office.
Join other families as they participate November 26 at the Sprint Campus. Organize your family and make this a family tradition before sitting down for turkey. The top three largest families win turkeys! Read more and to register.
Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones was in Kansas City with USA Swimming Foundation and ConocoPhillips in an effort to reduce the drowning statistics, especially among minority youth. On August 25, Jones was in Kansas City as he toured the country with his Make a Splash with Cullen Jones program. The program is focused on promoting water safety and raising awareness about the availability of swimming lessons, some at low or no cost, to help ensure all kids have the opportunity to learn life-saving swimming skills, regardless of their ethnic or economic background. Read more.
WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon
The sold-out WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon on August 1 was a HUGE success! 615 women participated, and of those, 358 were first-time triathletes; women committed to pushing, stretching, and challenging themselves!
WIN for KC offered an entire fitness series that began in March, and helped women every step of the way with trainings, events, programs and group workouts. WIN also added an online girls triathlon where girls were able to train with their moms and keep track of their distances, and then received specials shirts, medals, and other treats on race day.
In addition to the great training and race experience, we were proud to pursue a “Green Race” Certification from ReSport, and took extra measures to drastically reduce the race’s carbon footprint. A few of the extensive efforts included recycling paper, plastic and cardboard on site, and composting all food and biodegradable product waste. WIN will also be making a cash contribution in the amount of $800 to the Clay County Parks Department to assist in their green efforts in Sailboat Cove where the race was held.
“I think this race is something ALL women should experience. All of the volunteers and the WIN for KC people make this event so special! I think WIN for KC is a great organization, and putting on this event shoes how committed they are to empowering women! The whole day is so positive, I left with such a high!”
Is there a special local female athlete who inspires you? WIN for KC is now accepting nominations for the five awards to be presented at the 2010 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration on Friday, February 5, 2010. This is a sold-out event every year and is the largest luncheon in the country celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Click here to submit your nomination for that inspirational girl or woman today! Join WIN for KC at this unforgettable event as we celebrate and welcome special guest Billie Jean King, who paved the roads that gave women and girls a place on the playing field! Click here for event details.