The SportsPage 2013 Fall Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson
Have any of you experienced the blur of 2013? As I type this it is hard to believe it is September. My kids are back in school, fall sports keep our schedules busy and we are already making holiday plans! We’ve also been busy in our office. I am excited to share the addition of two new staff members.
Mike Sharpe has been appointed as the Director of Business and Partner Development. Mike most recently was the Assistant Commissioner of the Great West Conference where he worked directly with host institutions and neutral sites in preparing for the overall management of conference championships. He also served as the conference liaison to the NCAA as it pertained to rules and interpretations.
Robin Sterneck, past WIN for KC Board Chair, business leader and founder of Highland Birch Group, has agreed to lead our WIN program as the part-time Interim Director until a new director can be named. Robin has been and is committed to the professional and personal development of women. She served as an Advisory Board member for WIN for two terms and as board chair until October 2012. Robin is committed to the mission of WIN for KC of empowering girls and women through sport. She brings a wealth of knowledge, history and involvement with our organization. Both Mike and Robin will be tremendous assets to our team and to our community. Click here to read the rest of Kathy’s message.
Kansas City bids for future NCAA Championships
The Kansas City Sports Commission along with the Convention and Visitors Association, Sprint Center,
Sporting Park and the MIAA Conference has been working round the clock since the end of June to assemble bids for future NCAA championships.
“You cannot begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into submitting a bid to host an NCAA championship,” said Vice President of Business Development Cindy Smith.
This past spring the NCAA announced it would be soliciting sports commissions, cities, NCAA conferences and schools to host 500 NCAA championships in various sports and divisions from 2014-2018. This is a great opportunity for Kansas City to secure a number of NCAA championships for years to come. The end of June, the NCAA hosted a two-day seminar on the bid process. July 15 the bid process and portal for submitting data opened with a deadline of September 16. The NCAA will announce finalist sites the end of October and the final selections will be awarded early December.
We have been working nonstop to gather and assemble venue information – photos, diagrams, and seating charts; budgets and financial guarantee; letters of support from universities, conferences and government officials; narratives and other required information. The Kansas City Sports Commission is submitting 33 bids in eight different sports. The media exposure, economic impact and ability to showcase our city to hundreds of student-athletes and thousands of fans and alumni is huge. Kansas City is an NCAA Championships city and we look forward to hosting a number of events in the years to come.
It takes a village of volunteers to make a marathon successful
You don’t have to be a runner to be a part of the festivities. Over 1,800 volunteers are needed for the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds. There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19. Thursday-Friday packet pickup and registration will be busy with over 30,000 people attending the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Mayo Clinic. Volunteers will assist participants with registration needs and guide them through the registration process.
On race day, Saturday, October 19, it takes a “volunteer village” for the race to succeed. Before the participants arrive volunteers are setting up the start/finish line. Volunteers are running the Clothing Check-in Tent and making sure participants know where to line up. During the race volunteers are out on the course making sure the participants are safe and working the aid stations making sure water and Gatorade is full. At the finish line volunteers are handing out Mylar blankets, medals, water bottles, making sure the food area is stocked and the shoot is clean of debris. Even the Medical Tent is full of volunteers. Race day is over? Volunteers stick around and help with the clean up. If you want to be a part of our Volunteer Village, register and select from a list of opportunities.
Do you have a nonprofit organization looking for fundraising opportunities? Then ask about our grand group program. Qualifying groups of ten or more will receive $10 for every volunteer. For more information on the program email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marathon weekend isn’t just about 26.2 miles
Don’t want to run 26.2 miles? Not even 13.1? Then register for the 5K at the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds October 19. Runners and walkers can enjoy all the festivities of marathon weekend when they enter the 5K race. Between now and September 18 registration is only $35. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, October 18 at the Health & Fitness Expo presented by Mayo Clinic. There will be no race day registrations or race day packet pickup. Click here to register.
24th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll is a Family Affair
For 24 years the Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll has been a family tradition for area families. What better way to start the holiday then walk or run 3 miles as a family before sitting down to a big Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Families have ranged from two person combinations to over 30 family members. Some drive a distance to participate and a few walk from surrounding neighborhoods.
This family-friendly event welcomes walkers, baby strollers and of course costumes. Discounts are available for 2-4 person combinations and for families of five or more. Each team with 10 members or more will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Price Chopper. Online registration is open until November 25 and walk-ups are welcome at packet pickup and the day of the race.
This year, we have partnered with BSX Athletics to participate in an attempt to break the record for the most participants running a Thanksgiving Day race. Thanksgiving Day 5K races across the country will participate to set a new Guinness World Record! It’s not every day you can say you were a world-record contender.
2014 WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration date set
Join WIN for KC for the Annual Women’s Sports Awards Celebration to honor outstanding females in the
community for their involvement and achievement in sports and fitness and WIN for KC’s 20th Anniversary.
For over 20 years, WIN for KC has been working to empower the women and girls of Kansas City through sports and fitness. On January 31 join WIN at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center as we celebrate six local female athletes as well as the area female high school state champions in the largest luncheon in the country celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Nominations are now open for you to nominate a special female athlete who inspires you. Click here for more information.
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Friday, January 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Beautiful day for the WIN for KC Triathlon
On the morning of July 27, hundreds of bright pink caps dotted the shoreline of Smithville Lake. It was the morning many of the women had waited months for after snagging a spot back in February for the sold-out WIN for KC Triathlon. It turned out to be a beautiful day with perfect weather and some big accomplishments by the participants. There were two new course records set that morning, but even more personal records as over 500 first timers crossed the finish line.
The WIN for KC Triathlon is one of the premier races in the Midwest and also only one of six triathlons to be green certified. This year the triathlon committee also reached its goal of zero waste. This meant that everything we reused or recycled, even the extra medals were sent off to be recycled.
Registration for the 2014 Triathlon will open January 31.
Sponsor Highlight: Hallmark
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