The SportsPage 2009 Summer Newsletter
Message from President Kevin M. Gray
Supporting our Community
During this, our 20th anniversary year, we have much to be thankful for as we celebrate our mission: enhancing the economic development, quality of life and promoting the overall benefits of sports to the youth and general public of Greater Kansas City.
The economy is challenging and we have worked hard to be more efficient as we continue to support our community in a variety of ways. We continue to enjoy great success despite the many challenges we are faced as an organization. We have a tremendous group of associates and I am very proud of each and every one of them and you should be as well.
Our main goals of course are to grow our very own Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon, while preparing for the return of KU vs. MU Football, Missouri State High School Volleyball Championships, Big 12 and NCAA Basketball and NCAA Volleyball. These premier events are so important and so is the impactful e-commerce and WIN for KC initiatives which support countless girls, women and a variety of worthwhile charitable organizations like: Leukemia/Lymphoma, CCVI, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Brain Injury Association and Children’s Mercy Hospital. We work to support area youth programs, while promoting fitness and nutrition to help combat childhood obesity in conjunction with our Kansas City Kids’ Marathon. There is indeed a little bit of something for everyone to get involved with and with your help our organization will continue to make a strong impact on this region.
Please help us spread the word and secure new members and we invite you to get involved with our organization, dedicated to making a difference for the citizens of our metropolitan area.
Kansas City Royals Centerfielder Coco Crisp will partner with the Kansas City Kids’ Marathon and Annual Buck O’Neil Negro Leagues Baseball Classic through a unique partnership with the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation in conjunction with the celebration of their 20th anniversary. Read the complete press release..
We are excited to announce that the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation has been awarded the College Hockey’s 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament, the season-opening event involving teams from four NCAA Division I Conferences.
Let the KC Sports Commission serve as your official tailgate party on June 19 as the Kansas City Royals take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the infamous “I-70” series with Zack Greinke on the mound! The tailgate runs from 4 – 7 pm in Lot N. Tickets are going fast!
Sixteen outstanding 18-under teams from the metro area and out-of-town, will compete in the 9th Annual Buck O’Neil Baseball Tournament June 26-27.
There is still time to sign up for the free youth baseball clinic Saturday, June 27 at Cleveland Park. Clinic is open for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Call 816.474.4652 ext. 4171 for more information.
A few sponsorships still remain for the KC Sports Commission’s annual golf tournament played at Blue Hills Country Club. Join the sports and tourism industry colleagues, sports fans and celebrity guests as a participant and sponsor of the FORE KC! Golf Classic. The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the Sports Commission and Convention and Visitors Association with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Children’s Mercy Hospital Family Support Fund.
The Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation will be hosting its 37th Annual Sport KC PROPS. The event will take place at the newly renovated Midland Theatre on Thursday, July 16 at 5:00 pm with a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner followed by awards and guest speakers at 6:30 pm. Actor/comedian, Jimmie Walker, will be emceeing the event which promises to be the night for sports in Kansas City.
Sportsfest Kansas City 2009
The Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation is hosting a weekend of sports. Enjoy interactive activities, autograph sessions, appearances by professional athletes, live radio broadcasts, food and more. The festival runs Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19.
WIN for KC News
The WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon on August 1 is Sold Out as well, but you can still be part of the premier and largest women’s multi-sport race in the Midwest by volunteering. We are proud to announce that this race will be one of the first certified green races in the Midwest! WIN is working through the Council for Responsible Sport to certify the event, and in addition to many other things, will be recycling on site, composting waste, and purchasing carbon offsets.
Calling all women – take the leap and coach your daughters team! Youa re a great role model and you can do it! We will help you get started and give you all the basic information you need at our “I Coach I WIN” Women’s Coaching Clinic on June 22.