The SportsPage 2013 Winter Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson
City of Champions. That might be the perfect way to sum up 2013. How can we not celebrate sports in our city! Sporting KC’s MLS Cup win, a winning Chiefs team, the Royals great season, the crowds at Kansas Speedway, successful seasons for our regional Universities and numerous high school state champions! Kansas City is truly a City of Champions!
The Kansas City Sports Commission ended our year strong with the awarding of 14 NCAA Championships over the next four years. This announcement truly recognizes us as a city of champions. Our staff collaborated with numerous other organizations and the efforts have paid off. We expect to see a conservative estimate of $15 million in economic impact right here in our community. We are even more excited to show off our city when we host these student athletes, their families and fans during these events. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Lisa Diven named new WIN FOR KC Director
Lisa Diven has been appointed the new WIN for KC Director. Diven joins WIN for KC from Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company where she spent the past ten years in a variety of positions including Mechanical Engineer, Project Engineer and Proposal Coordinator. Most recently, Diven was a Business Development Manager responsible for managing strategic accounts in one of Burns & McDonnell’s fastest growing markets.
“A huge thank you to Robin Sterneck, who has been an exceptional leader for us these last few months,” said Kathy Nelson, President & CEO. “She will remain as interim through the luncheon to assist Lisa with her transition. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have Robin working beside me. What a valuable asset and trailblazer she has been to me and our organization. We hope that you will join us to kick off the second 20 years at our WIN luncheon on January 31, we will celebrate both Robin and Lisa. Invitations are going out this week. The anniversary celebration will give us another opportunity to share and grow WIN’s impact.”
Kansas City is awarded 14 NCAA Championships
Kansas City was selected to host 14 NCAA Championships covering the years of 2014-2017, the most of any other city. For three months, the Kansas City Sports Commission, Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, Sporting KC, Sprint Center and the MIAA Conference worked tirelessly to assemble bid materials for 32 championships over a five year period. Kansas City made the cut as a finalist for 21 championships in various divisions and four different sports.
Of the 21 host opportunities, the following championships were awarded to Kansas City: Division I Women’s Volleyball (2017); Division I Men’s Soccer (2015); Division II Football (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017); Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer (2016 and 2017); Division III Men’s & Women’s Soccer (2014 and 2015). Division II Football and Division I Men’s Soccer will be played at Sporting Park. Division II and III Men’s and Women’s Soccer will be played at the new Swope Soccer Village. Division I Women’s Volleyball will be played at the Sprint Center.
Kansas City’s Big 12 5K Fun Run set for March 15
March isn’t just about basketball in Kansas City. On Saturday, March 15, wear your school pride and participate in Kansas City’s Big 12 5K Fun Run and Family Stroll. This family-friendly event is a great way to finish out Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship week.
The race starts on 13th Street and will pass behind the Sprint Center as it heads south to Washington Square Park and Union Station before returning to downtown to finish up on Grand between Power & Light District and Sprint Center. Prizes will be awarded to the overall Male and Female winners. Click here for more information or to register.
41st Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet accepting nominations
For 41 years, the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation has honored outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports. We are currently accepting nominations for four of the awards that will be given out on April 11 at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Towers.
Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year awards will be given to a local male and female athlete who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. Click here to read the rest of the story.
2014 WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration set for January 31
Can you believe it has been almost 20 years since WIN for KC was founded? We can’t either, but as we look back at all of the lives we have touched, WIN can’t help but get excited for the next 20 years! We hope you will join WIN for KC at the 2014 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration on January 31 at the Sheraton Crown Center.
We will be honoring six inspiring local individuals for their impact as athletes or supporters of women and girls’ sports and fitness in Kansas City, as well as recognizing the female high school state champions in the March of Champions. This truly will be an afternoon to remember as we take time to celebrate not only the next generation of female athletes and advocates, but also everyone that played a role in helping WIN empower the girls and women of Kansas City over the past 20 years.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on the award winners as well as our featured speaker! We can’t wait to share their stories with you! Click here for more information on the luncheon.
WIN for KC has successful year
Wow! What a year it has been for WIN for KC! We kicked off the year with another sell-out Women’s Sports Awards Celebration that featured Olympic Gold-Medalist volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, six amazing award winners and over 200 female state champions. This excitement and enthusiasm for women and girls in sports carried throughout the year as we hosted the largest Camp WIN and triathlon in WIN’s history. Over 350 girls were exposed to 16 different sports and fitness opportunities and over 80 high school Team Captains received the opportunity to act as mentors and leaders for the young campers. WIN finished off the summer at Smithville Lake with over 1,200 women registered for the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon.
In November, for the first time, Kansas City hosted the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship at the new Swope Soccer Village at Swope Park. WIN for KC welcomed the teams and their coaches through the WIN for KC Honorary Coaches program. WIN also teamed up with FC Kansas City and the Missouri Comets to host a free soccer clinic for boys and girls in the area. Over 80 kids came out to learn from FC Kansas City Assistant Coach Huw Williams, as well as players from both teams.
As we head into 2014, WIN is looking toward another strong year as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary! Over the past 20 years WIN has introduced sports and fitness to over 2,000 girls through Camp WIN and over 5,000 triathletes have crossed the finish line and we are excited about the opportunities to touch even more lives over the next 20 years. We hope you will join us at the 2014 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration as we celebrate one of the most exciting years yet!
Sponsor Highlight: Price Chopper
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