The SportsPage 2011 Spring Newsletter
Saluting a Legend – Bill Grigsby
I was advised that Bill Grigsby was not doing well last week and was saddened by his passing for Fran and his family, but I was also sad for our community…we will not hear that all too familiar voice that blessed so many of us all these years any longer. However, fortunately, because of his broadcasting background, we have the power of tapes that will help keep his memory alive. What a beeeuteeeful thought indeed! I will no doubt drift toward those memories and a smile will come across my face because nobody could make me smile like Grigs.
He was best known for his colorful and upbeat personality and Chiefs radio broadcast. Over four decades with the Chiefs and two more covering NCAA, MLB, NHL and pro wrestling….he stood alone as the most colorful voice in Kansas City sports.
As much as he did behind the microphone, he did an equally stellar job behind the scenes for sports, tourism and economic development. We were honored and privileged to know him as a mover and shaker, leading the charge to bring tourists to Kansas City in his civic role with the Convention and Visitor’s Association and Platte County. He was simply the best Kansas City pitchman I had ever met.
Our organization and community has witnessed wonderful contributions from so many great civic and sports leaders. People like: Ewing Kauffman, Lamar Hunt, Alex George, Joe McGuff, Ernie Mehl, Dutton Brookfield, Earl Smith, John McDermott, Harold Ensley, Dan Quisenberry, Tony DiPardo…all sports legends! I will miss Grigs, RIP dear friend.
Kevin M. Gray, President
Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships
Tis’ the season for March Madness! The women kick it off today when Kansas takes on Colorado at 11 a.m. Not to worry though – single session tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and Municipal Auditorium’s box office. Come watch the best college basketball athletes compete!
You won’t want to miss $10,000 Friday – Those who attend the noon semifinal game on March 11 will be entered into a drawing where at half time, three people with the winning numbers will get to pick an envelope to see if they are the lucky winner of $10,000!
33rd Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day 4-Mile Run and Walk
Take advantage of our reduced pricing before online registration closes on Wednesday, March 9. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of historic Westport on Saturday, March 12. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best costumes in the different categories.
Packet pick-up is Friday, March 11 from 12-7 p.m. and Saturday, March 12 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Tizers Building in Westport located at 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Kids can participate in the Kids’ Fun Run following after the conclusion of the 4-mile race (11:15 a.m.) All kids will receive an event t-shirt and gift bag. Distance varies by age group.
Don’t want to participate but want to enjoy the festivities? Then volunteer! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas City is the College Basketball Capital of America
Tickets available for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship
Over the years, our organization has thoroughly analyzed and discussed numerous initiatives and sports strategies. We have addressed community priorities, strengths and heritage. One thing is for certain, nobody can discount the fact that we have more college basketball events going on during the month of March than any other city in America!
We identified in our strategic plan going back now nearly 15 years and more recently in 2010, that college basketball is a wonderful niche opportunity for our community to promote and brand ourselves as the “college basketball capital of America.” Efforts are underway to bring attention to the history and current state of college basketball which includes: Sprint Center, Convention and Visitor’s Association, Historic Municipal Auditorium, MIAA, NAIA and NABC/CBE. These entities share our belief that college basketball is a critical component in our city’s success as a national sports center. We salute all of them for supporting the effort now known as “Start March.”
Sports is an integral part of the economy of Greater Kansas City. We trust you agree that college sports are important to the economic and social quality of life in Greater Kansas City.
It’s tournament time in Kansas City once again and we encourage you to visit our website for more information on how you may purchase tickets and join in on the fun. Wear your favorite school’s colors and cheer your team on!
Kevin M. Gray, President
WOW (Women on Wheels)
On Saturday, March 12, WOW will host the first ride of the 2011 season. The ride will start at 9:00 a.m. from Municipal Auditorium on the corner of 13th Street and Central.
There is parking available at the Barney Allis Plaza structure (between Central and Washington Streets) or at the Standard Parking (between Washington and Broadway Streets).
WIN for KC Women’s Fitness Series
There was an overwhelming response to the 2011 WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon. Registration opened on Friday, February 4 and officially closed 10 days later! We have over 1,000 women registered to compete! Registration is closed.
It’s time to start planning your training! The Women’s Fitness Series presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City is a great place to look for opportunities. (Anyone is welcome to participate in these women-only training opportunities!) Click here for a schedule.
The 12th Annual WIN for KC Triathlon Workshop is on Sunday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Kirmayer Fitness Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Extra registration is required. Click here for more information.
There is still time to order your WIN for KC Triathlon Gear. Click here for more information or to place your order.