The SportsPage 2014 Fall Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: Cornucopia of Sports
Stress can be eased with the tryptophan myth of turkey, or with the peace of knowing you have the best events staff in the country. I prefer to rely on the later.
If you have not engaged with a Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation (GKCSCF) event, you have no excuses. We have something for everyone in the coming months and would encourage you to participate in, cheer on, volunteer, sponsor and support one of our many events on our plate this fall.
Amongst the numerous Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC games we have a cornucopia of events for you to partake in! Start clicking to sign up or purchase your tickets. I look forward to running into you at an upcoming event.
Swope Soccer Village Grand Opening: September 12
Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues: September 27
Kansas Speedway Events: October 3-5
NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead: October 11
Golden State Warriors vs. Miami HEAT: October 17
Health and Fitness Expo: October 16-17
Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship: November 5-9
KCSC Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L: November 8
Fall Classic at Arrowhead: November 15
CBE Hall of Fame Classic featuring Iowa State: November 24 & 25
25th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll: November 27
NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship: December 5 & 6
NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship: December 5 & 6
Kansas vs Utah Men’s Basketball at Sprint Center: December 13
NCAA Division II Football Championship: December 20
Get involved with our organization. We are dedicated to the promotion and enrichment of Kansas City through sports; we strive to celebrate the positive impact that sport has on us while improving the quality of life in our city. Help us continue to change our community through sports.
The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation brings to our region sporting events which provide the opportunity for residents and visitors to engage in sports as participants and spectators, enhancing the quality of life and providing economic benefits in our region. GKCSCF engages sports at all levels – amateur, collegiate and professional – in pursuit of its efforts to weave sports constructively into the fabric of our community.
Enjoy the cornucopia of Kansas City sports!
Brothers Osborne to perform at the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds and other news
Come for the marathon, stay for the barbecue. The start of fall means it’s marathon time! Come join Kansas City’s most unique and fun event of the year, the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds. Be part of this great community event!
Online registration will close Sunday, October 12 at midnight. Don’t miss your chance to run this urban course through Kansas City. Come for the marathon and stay for the barbecue.
New for 2014 – Personalized Bibs – Be sure to register by September 14 to secure your personalized bib. This year, every participant registered before September 14 will have their first name listed on their race bib.
HEADLINER for 2014 Finish Line Festival presented by BNY Mellon announced!
Brothers Osborne – Getting into music was unavoidable for John and T.J. Osborne as it was a large part of their family while growing up. The Maryland singing/songwriting sibling duo of Brothers Osborne has taken the country music scene by storm. The rising country music duo is described as aggressive, bold and fragile at times sounding like Bruce Springsteen meets Zac Brown Band by mixing unabashedly catchy choruses and soulful, washboard grooves with folky slow burners. Brothers Osborne recently agreed to tour with Eric Church on The Outsiders World Tour starting in September and will then be touring with Little Big Town on their Pain Killer Tour in November and December. Brothers Osborne captivates audiences with their pop hooks and case of the moody blues as heard in their chart-climbing songs Rum and Let’s Go There.
Brothers Osborne has received recognition from several publications:
- Rolling Stone listed Brothers Osborne as one of “10 Artists You Need To Know.”
- Country Weekly listed Brothers Osborne as one of their “Ones To Watch In 2014”
- Paste Magazine listed the brothers on their “Best of What’s Next” list.
Brothers Osborne released their self-titled EP on September 9, marking the duo’s first commercial release. The new music will give fans a taste of the band’s first full length album expected early 2015.
Course Monitors 4 Wounded Warrior Project
The 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds is seeking volunteers. Cheer on over 12,000 participants while raising money for an amazing cause! Volunteer to be a course monitor on Saturday, October 18, from 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and we will donate $10 to the Wounded Warrior Project®. Volunteer here for Course Monitors 4 Wounded Warrior Project. You MUST select the volunteer position titled Course Monitors 4 Wounded Warrior Project to be counted. For questions or more information, email the Volunteer Coordinator.
Wounded Warrior Project® serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
The oldest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Kansas City celebrates 25 years
2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll presented by Sprint. Start your Thanksgiving Day off with a great 5K! Bring the whole family to run, walk or stroll before the traditional Thanksgiving day meal!
Click here to register.
Celebrate with the official 25th anniversary scarf! Available to purchase for an additional $15 during registration.
Final KCSC Youth Clinic Series session set for November 8
Registration is now open for the final KCSC Youth Clinic of 2014. Soccer will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Swope Soccer Village. Come learn new skills and basics of soccer! The 2014 NWSL Champions FC Kansas City will be the clinicians.
Each participant will receive a clinic T-shirt and a goodie bag!
NEW: An educational session for parents will be held during the clinic. Come learn about the importance of concussion awareness and how to create a positive environment for young athletes while your child participates in the soccer clinic. Click here for more information.
Click here to register.
About the Series:
2014 marked the launch of the Kansas City Sports Commission Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L. This year, the series featured three FREE clinics throughout the year. Golf was held in April followed by baseball in May and soccer will round out 2014 in November. Next year’s clinics are in the works. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
The series is FREE to youths ages 6-12 and seek to educate participants on:
- Importance of sport
- Basic skills of sport
- Educational component (to accompany each clinic)
Click here for more information and to register.
FC Kansas City is Kansas City’s women’s professional soccer team. They compete in the top women’s league in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is a nine-team women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Each of the league’s nine teams play a total of 24 games during a 19-week span between April and August. On August 31, FC Kansas City won 2-1 over the Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Championship to be named the 2014 Champions!
Collegiate events coming to Kansas City this fall
The Sprint Center will welcome the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media day on Wednesday, October 15. Big 12 Men’s Basketball coaches and student-athletes will spend the day meeting with members of the media answering questions about the upcoming season that will culminate in March with the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship right here in Kansas City, marking the 14th year our city has hosted this event.
Basketball is not the only Big 12 Championship Kansas City will host in 2014. The Women’s Soccer Championship will be played at the Swope Soccer Village from November 5-9. Eight teams advance to the single elimination championship with the winner receiving the automatic bid into the NCAA Soccer Championship. Be sure to make plans to come out and watch some great collegiate soccer action and support your favorite Big 12 school. Click here for more information about the Championship.
In December of 2013, the NCAA awarded 14 National Championships to be held in the Kansas City area from 2014 to 2017 (more than any other city in the country). On December 5 and 6 the first two of these championships will be held at Swope Soccer Village as we welcome the Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships. Four men’s and four women’s teams will compete over a two day period to decide the Division III National Champion. Let’s show these visiting teams what a great soccer community we have by attending and supporting these hard working student-athletes. Click here for more information.
Are you ready for some football? That’s right – another NCAA Championship will be here on December 20 when Sporting Park will host the NCAA Division II National Football Championship game. This will mark the first ever non-soccer sporting event held at Sporting Park. We are excited to have this nationally televised game played in Kansas City and look forward to a tremendous turnout. Click here for more information.
Nominations open for the WIN for KC 2015 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration
This is the largest luncheon in the country celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
Nominations for the five awards will be open through Friday, October 24 online or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a hard copy to be sent to you.
The HCA Midwest Health Systems Youth Sports Girl Award will be presented to a local girl (under 18 years of age) who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, setting and achieving goals and has made a specific impact on the community.
The Resiliency Award will be presented to a local woman or girl who demonstrates the ability to redefine barriers despite physical or mental challenges through her participation in sports or has overcome tremendous obstacles to make a comeback in life and sports.
The Sprint Teamwork Award will be presented to a local girl or woman who personifies the “true spirit” of sport not as a participant, but as a supporter, promoter, or advocate of girls’ and women’s sports and fitness. This award recognizes the girl or woman who gives her all to sports through an outlet other than participation.
The UMB Senior Sportswoman Award will be presented to a local woman, age 60 or older, who demonstrates significant athletic achievement, outstanding leadership qualities, and who encourages participation of girls and women in sports and fitness.
The Hallmark Cards Leadership Award will be presented to a local female mentor who best exemplifies the characteristics of a mentor to female athletes of all ages. Nominee should have made significant contributions to her sport community. Nominee can not include a national coach, professional or major league coach, or an NCAA or NAIA coach.