The SportsPage 2014 Spring Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson
Looking out my office window, it is hard to imagine the streets were covered in snow just weeks ago. This month we will be rolling out the red carpet and welcoming thousands of fans, student-athletes and coaches to our city, hopefully all without snow. Kansas City will host more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country.
Are you a basketball fan? Then this is your month!
58 basketball teams, 54 games in 15 days. That just sounds impressive as I type.
Kansas City’s Big 12 5K Run hits the Kansas City streets this Saturday
This Saturday, sports fans will take to the streets for a second year of Kansas City’s Big 12 5K Fun Run and Family Stroll. Participants will be showing support for their favorite teams by dressing up in their school colors. The race starts at 10 a.m. on 13th Street just north of Sprint Center and will wind south to Union Station before heading back Downtown and the Big 12 GameDay Activities. Once done with the race, participants are encouraged to stick around and enjoy all the fun activities at the Big 12 GameDay street festival presented by Phillips 66.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt and finisher medal. The overall male and female winners will receive $1,000 in gas courtesy of Phillips 66, two tickets to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship game that day and they will receive recognition during the game.
Online registration closed Wednesday, March 12 but there is still time to register at Big 12 GameDay Thursday and Friday, packet pickup at Ultramax in Prairie Village on Friday or race day. For more information on the race, visit KCBig12Run.com
Big 12 competition on and off the court with the inaugural BBQ-U
The Big 12 is heading off the court and into the pit for a championship barbecue showdown, Kansas City style. On Friday, March 14, The Big 12 GameDay street festival presented by Phillips 66 will come alive with the sights, smells and flavors of Kansas City’s BBQ-U. One contestant from each school has been selected to cook their way into the victory books and take home the bragging rights as Kansas City’s BBQ-U Champion! Make sure you make time to come down and enjoy the added atmosphere in the Power & Light District along 14th Street between Grand and Main.
Girls ages 6-12 will experience 14 different sports at Camp WIN
Camp WIN is designed to empower girls ages 6-12 in our community by introducing them to over 14 different sports and fitness activities over four days. This is a fun, safe and encouraging environment for the girls to explore and learn the different sports. Instructors are from local universities, colleges, high schools and other area organizations who donate their time. The Camp runs four days and is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is $200 and pays for all camp materials, lunches and snacks.
Session 1: June 9-12
St. Teresa’s Academy
Session 2: June 16-19
Female high school student athletes can apply to become a Camp WIN Team Captain. Click here for more information.
Free Youth Clinics available this spring
The Kansas City Sports Commission has expanded their free Youth Clinic Series in 2014. The clinics are available for children aged 6-12 who would like to learn the basic skills of golf, baseball and soccer. The first clinic will focus on golf and will be Saturday, April 26 at the Heart of America Golf Academy with coaches from The First Tee of Greater Kansas City as instructors. The participants will spend part of the time learning about The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. Golf clubs will be provided. Everyone must be pre-registered to participate.
The free baseball clinic will be Saturday, May 10 at Parade Park. Benedictine College Baseball coaches will be returning for a second year as the clinicians. This is a great clinic to learn the fundamentals of baseball and who better to learn from than baseball players. Participants must be pre-registered to participate.
Both clinics are from 9-11 a.m. with check-in at 8:30, and open to anyone age 6-12 years old. You must pre-register to participate. For more information about the youth clinic series, click here.
WIN for KC kicked off 2014 and our 20th Anniversary year with a bang!
The 2014 Women’s Sports Awards Celebration featured six amazing award winners, keynote speaker Tamika Catchings, over 200 state champions from Kansas and Missouri, and the introduction of our new WIN for KC Director Lisa Diven.
In the ballroom at the Sheraton Crown Center, over 1,400 of WIN’s supporters and some new friends packed the room to relive some of WIN’s proudest moments from the past 20 years and to hear about the exciting plans for the next 20 years, including a Camp WIN committee dedicated to improving and growing WIN’s signature event as well as a membership committee that is looking to create more opportunities for WIN members to help empower the girls and women in Kansas City!
Thank you to everyone that attended the Women’s Sports Awards Celebration. WIN continues to empower more girls and women each year because of your support. We cannot thank you enough and hope you are just as excited for the next 20 years as we are.
Award Winners announced for 41st KC Sports Commission Awards Banquet
Five award winners will be honored at the 41st Kansas City Sports Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11 at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Towers. Each year the Sports Commission honors outstanding local sports figures for their commitment and achievement in sports.
This year we honor a football community who lost a star football player, an Olympic Gold Medalist, a member of the 2013 MLS Championship Cup Team, an NCAA Division II National Championship coach and the Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dave Stewart is back to emcee the event.
This year’s award winners:
- Sprint Community Champion: Shawnee Mission West Football Community
- Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Shannon Vreeland
- Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year: Matt Besler
- Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year: Adam Dorrel
- Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year: Clark Hunt
Become a member of the KC Sports Commission
We need you! By promoting Kansas City sports locally and nationally, and by working behind the scenes to attract, retain, and manage sports events and organizations, the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation is helping our bi-state region realize the economic, social, and community-building benefits of sports. As a privately-funded nonprofit, we are entirely dependent on your support.
We have recently rolled out a revised individual membership program that we believe will accomplish two objectives. First, we are continually working to add benefits to our membership program, allowing members to receive added value for their contribution. Look for these benefits throughout the year and take advantage of them. Secondly, we are expanding our membership giving levels to afford the public more options based on their commitment to our mission as well as the chance to select the level of benefits they most desire.
We are moving our annual renewal dates to be more cohesive among the membership by making it consistent. It is our intent to have all memberships on the same cycle running yearly from May 1 to April 30.
To learn more about our individual membership program and how you can become a part of it, click here or give us a call at 816.474.4652.
Sponsor Highlight: Burns & McDonnell
Founded in Kansas City in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. You don’t have to look far to find ways Burns & McDonnell touches your life. From the water you drink to the air you breathe, from the airport and the roads you travel to the parks where your children play. That’s important to us, because we are Kansas City‘s hometown engineering firm. We don’t just work here, we live here, too – more than 2,000 of us. When we make it better for you, we make it better for all of us. Burns & McDonnell has been a proud sponsor of the Kansas City Sports Commission and WIN for KC for years. We want to help the Sports Commission to “Bring It.”