The SportsPage 2010 Winter Newsletter
We Bring It
The Kansas City Sports Commission brings it. We are focused on clearly communicating what we do – including our role in the community and our impact on the Greater Kansas City economy. And we’re wrapping up a great year by hosting the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Sprint Center this week.
We bring significant revenue to Greater KC. Since our revitalization in 1989, we’ve helped generate in excess of $750 million in estimated economic impact. In 2010 alone, our efforts have helped bring in over $30 million to our region.
We bring entertainment and excitement to Greater KC. We bring more than 25 annual events including youth clinics, annual community and membership activities and community-sponsored athletic events, like the 2011 Phillip’s 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
We bring community health and fitness to Greater KC. A healthier community is vital; we support and promote active lifestyles through our SportKC Event Registration initiative that includes local charities like Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
We bring the spirit of philanthropy to Greater KC. We founded WIN for KC, a national leader that advocates and promotes the lifetime value of sports and fitness for girls and women, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development.
We bring advocacy for athletics to Greater KC. We work with the sports community to attract, retain and facilitate sports events and organizations.
We bring the energy of sports to Greater KC.The Kansas City Sports Commission is a privately funded non-profit organization and was originally founded on helping our bi-state region realize the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports and our rich heritage – like the NABC’s College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship
Purchase your tickets to the best volleyball competition in the country. The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship December 16 and 18 at the Sprint Center. Visit the volleyball website for tickets, and more information.
Schedule of Play:
Thursday, December 16
6:00 pm Texas vs. Penn State
8:30 pm USC vs. California
The definitive gathering of volleyball elite. See the 24 best high school volleyball players in the country showcase their skills at the Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match. Saturday, December 18 from 3-5 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium.
2011 WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration
The luncheon, presented by Bank of America, is WIN for KC’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and is the largest of its kind in the country. On Friday, February 4, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, WIN for KC will welcome Jennie Finch as the 2011 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration keynote speaker. Jennie Finch, world champion softball pitcher, has led various teams to unprecedented success!
Check out Jennie’s website and join in our excitement as we welcome her to Kansas City to celebrate local girls and women who have achieved, empowered others and made a positive impact on our community.
The luncheon which will also include special recognition of our local high school girls state champions is from 11:30 am – 1:15 pm.
21st Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll
Registration broke records this year with 6,400 people signing up to participate in the race. Despite the cold temperatures, thousands of people showed up for a little exercise before eating turkey. Thanks to all our volunteers!
Top 5 Male Participants
1. Tom Marshall 15:26
2. Paulo Pinheiro 15:27
3. Tommy Neal 15:28
4. Jay Matlack 15:45
5. Dale Dexter 15:55
Top 5 Female Participants
1. Lauren Bonds 17:17
2. Elle Pishny 17:54
3. Christine Nelson 18:21
4. Deena Kasseroll 18:54
5. Katie Coomer 19:15
Inaugural Buck O’Neil 2.2 Mile Run/Walk
On November 13, a 2.2 mile run/walk was held to honor the late, great Buck O’Neil and to celebrate his 99th birthday. Buck wore #22 and every participant received a t-shirt with his name and jersey number on the back. The route traveled down the Paseo through the historic Kansas City Jazz District finishing at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
All proceeds benefited the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Sixteen-year-old Kyle Bremer came in first place.
2010 SportKC Award Winners
We surveyed the running community to vote on the 2010 best events who use SportkKC registration system. Here are the winners:
Small Event (500 and under):
Favorite Course – Leawood Labor Day 5K
Favorite Event – Olathe Medical Center Women’s Triathlon
Top Fundraiser – Springtime in the Village: Steps to the Cure
Mid Event (500 – 2,500):
Favorite Course – Tour de BBQ
Favorite Event – Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury
Top Fundraiser – Royals 5K Run/Walk or Autism Awareness Walk
Large Event (2,500+):
Favorite Course – Rock the Parkway
Favorite Event & Top Fundraiser – Sabates Eye Center’s Trolley Run
Don’t miss this action! The Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be at Municipal Auditorium Tuesday, March 8, Wednesday, March 9, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2011.
33rd Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run
Mark your calendars and think Spring! The 33rd Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run will be Saturday, March 12 starting at 10:00 am. Get with your friends, call your family, and start planning a costume today!
All children are invited to participate in the fun run at the conclusion of the 4-mile run (about 11:15 am). Participants will receive a t-shirt. In addition, all fun run finishers will receive a gift bag.
The race cannot go on without volunteers. No experience necessary.