The SportsPage 2012 Summer Newsletter
Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championships extended to 2016
“We are thrilled that the Big 12 Conference has selected Kansas City to host its men’s basketball championship for the next four years.” stated Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. “Today’s announcement is the result of hard work and commitments from many partners including the Convention & Visitors Association, Sprint Center and the City of Kansas City and reinforces our relentless passion for college basketball. We are proud to showcase our town as a key component of Big 12 hoops and look forward to welcoming fans from throughout the nation to Kansas City for this signature event.”
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship has been played in Kansas City 11 times since the league began competition in 1996-97 – more than any other city in the Conference. The next four years will make it seven consecutive seasons that the Big 12 postseason championship has been held at Sprint Center. Prior to the current string, it also took place there in 2008 (just five months after the building opened). It was also held in Kansas City at Kemper Arena from 1997-2002 and in 2005.
“This agreement solidifies the fact that Kansas City is Big 12 country. The sport of college basketball has a great history in Kansas City and the Big 12 is a large part of it,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “The city has always been a fantastic host for schools, fans and alumni and this allows our men’s basketball student-athletes to continue competition in one of the best basketball facilities in the nation.”
Lace up your kicks for a unique event
This Saturday, June 16, is the Inaugural Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run. The race will be the most unique 5K course in Kansas City. No other run gives you the opportunity to run by, through and around Kansas City’s great sports facilities. The race incorporates LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, CommunityAmerica Ballpark and the Kansas Speedway. The race will begin on Village West Parkway outside of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and finish in the stadium.
Online registration closes tonight but you can still register at packet pickup and the morning of the race. Click here to register or for more information about the race. Volunteer opportunities also available.
The race will benefit three causes, the Kevin Gray Family Education Fund, University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Kansas City Sports Commission. Come out and celebrate the life of Kevin Gray, former president of the Sports Commission and father of four daughters, who passed away June 15, 2011 from cancer.
Women’s Fitness Series presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City
June 13, 6:30 p.m.: Garmin Training Ride at Garmin Headquarters. Click here for more information.
June 23, 7:30 p.m.: Transition Area Practice Session at City Gym. Click here for more information.
Click here for a complete calendar of events.
All-Star Game around the corner
Theme days will be part of the MLB All-Star FanFest July 6-10 at the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall. Each day, FanFest ticket holders will have a chance to take home a special giveaway as part of that day’s corresponding theme. Each theme day will feature different activities.
Friday, July 6 – Military Appreciation Day presented by Bank of America
Saturday, July 7 – Kids Day
Sunday, July 8 – Kansas City Tribute Day presented by Firestone
Monday, July 9 – Legacy Day
Tuesday, July 10 – All-Star Legends Day
FanFest Ticket Packages can be purchased at the official All-Star Game website. The FanFest Eat & Play Combo includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four 12 oz. sodas. The FanFest Family Packages come in packs of four, five, six and seven. Special FanFest deals are also available for Friday and Tuesday.
The FanFest is the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world. There will also be free autographs each day from Major League Baseball legends. Visit AllStarGame.com for complete listing of appearances.
Volunteers needed For the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon
Volunteer at the 2012 WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon and help support and empower these great female athletes! There are a variety of roles and opportunities for you to get involved and help make this event a HUGE success. Volunteers are needed for July 25 and 27 for packet pickup and on July 28 during the event.
All volunteers receive a very cool t-shirt…and other goodies!
This will be one of the most amazing events you have ever experienced. Come out and cheer on these great athletes! Click here for more information or to register!
Meet baseball heroes from the 1985 World Series at the Big KC’s Salute to Baseball Event
It’s time to celebrate the rich history and tradition of baseball in Kansas City. On Sunday, July 8, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event, Big KC’s Salute to Baseball, to give you a chance to meet baseball heroes from the 1985 World Series, hear their stories, and pay tribute to Ewing Kauffman, the man who brought baseball back to Big KC. How would you like to spend an evening talking baseball with heroes, hall of famers, and those who know Kansas City baseball inside and out?
Highlights include featured guests:
- Honorary event chair Julia Irene Kauffman
- ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman
- Kevin Kietzman
- Denny Matthews
- Hal McRae
- Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski
- Bret Saberhagen
- John Schuerholz
- Jim Sundberg
- Frank White
- Fred White
This event is a great way to honor your MVP employees, friends and family with an evening out at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to purchase tickets. There are sponsorship opportunities too.
Would you like a side of ribs with your marathon?
What better place to enjoy running a marathon and eating a plate of mouth watering ribs than in Kansas City! This year the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds will take place Saturday, October 20.
Join a sea of thousands as they run through some of Kansas City’s most scenic areas including the Plaza, Brush Creek, Loose Park, Ward Parkway, Waldo and Brookside. The race will start and finish at Crown Center at 2450 Grand Blvd. For more information and to register to participate or volunteer go to KCMarathon.org.
6th Annual FORE KC! Golf Classic set for October 1
Finish out the season at Milburn Golf & Country Club while you connect with Kansas City’s tourism and sports business leaders and support the rebuilding of a Kansas City golf club. There are several sponsorship levels available including Tournament Sponsor, Player’s Gift Sponsor, Team Sponsor and Drink Cart Sponsor. To become a sponsor or sign up a team contact Cindy Smith at 816.389.4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating and Understanding Title IX: Breakfast with Bernice “Bunny” Sandler, the Godmother of Title IX
The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and WIN for KC are pleased to host a community-wide event in celebration of the 40th Anniversary year of Title IX. Join us for breakfast with Bernice “Bunny” Sandler, widely known as the “Godmother” of Title IX who played a major role in the law’s development and passage and other legistlation prohibiting gender discrimination in education.
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 a.m.
Central Exchange Downtown
102 Central Street #100
Kansas City, MO 64105