The SportsPage 2014 Summer Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: Ready for change?
Our organization experiences change with the warmer temperatures. We change our focus slightly to our locally owned events such as the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon and the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon. Over the next few summer months we will connect with and engage thousands in our community through participation and volunteerism in our events.
We accomplish this many different ways, but probably most impactful is through our outreach to youth. Our Youth Clinic Series and Camp WIN offer the kids in our community an opportunity to learn about and participate in sports. We are extremely proud of our efforts and work with great partners such as KCP&L and Children’s Mercy Hospital to grow our programming. Over the coming year we plan to make more positive changes to our youth camps and clinics, which we hope, allows more youth participation.
This past spring we had some internal changes.
- We’ve changed our by-laws, Board of Director expectations and committee structure. Sounds fun right? Actually, it was (most of the time). Change can be difficult, change can be transforming, and change can make you different. Throughout this process we experienced all of the above. The change has also been uplifting, energizing and exciting. Thank you to everyone that spent time with us through this change.
- We’ve added a few new board members this spring – a change of faces around our board room table. Welcome Regina Croucher, Partner with KPMG LLP, Oscar McGaskey, Executive Director of the KC Convention & Entertainment Facilities, Steve Shalit, Complex General Manager with Starwood Hotels, and Tom Waggoner, Principal with 360 Architecture. To see our full list of Board of Directors click here.
- A significant change for our office was the retirement of our Vice President of Business and Partner Development, Cindy Smith. Cindy has been an icon for both the Sports Commission and amateur sports in Kansas City. Change is great for her! But change feels weird to me as she was not only my office co-worker, but a dear friend and probably the best “wing-woman” anyone could ask for. I applaud her change from work to retirement, but miss her laugh daily in the office.
Lastly, the warmer months bring a personal change for me as my oldest has graduated and is preparing for college. My daughter Haley has been involved at WIN for KC and the Sports Commission as a participant, volunteer and fan since she was six-years-old. Time brings change and we have definitely felt that at my house. Change is positive, if you are the wide-eyed student moving off to college. Change is emotional if you are the parent of that student.
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 sports as participants and spectators, enhancing the quality of life and providing economic benefits in our region. KCSC&F engages sports at all levels – amateur, collegiate and professional – in pursuit of its efforts to weave sports constructively in to the fabric of our community.
Enjoy the change of weather.
Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5K Run set for Saturday, June 14
Since 2012, the Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5K Run has hosted almost 3,000 participants and 150 volunteers. This event is unique as the course highlights three of the area’s great sports complexes. CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas Speedway and Sporting Park. The 5K and Fun Run is quickly becoming a Father’s Day weekend tradition and continues to be a family-friendly event!
The success of this event is solely dependent on our sponsors. The event does not profit from individual registrations instead proceeds are donated to the following:
- University of Kansas Cancer Center, specifically Rhabdomyosarcoma research
- Kevin Gray Family Education Fund
- Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation
Since 2012, we have raised $135,000 for these three worthy causes.
New this year, all fathers who register for the event will receive a “World’s Greatest Dad” participant shirt. A raffle drawing will be held the morning of the event for three prizes provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors: a golf driver, golf bag and New Balance fitness watch. The band Captiva will be on site playing as the participants cross the finish line.
The Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Late registration will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. in Sprint Plaza in front of Sporting Park.
WIN for KC Camp WIN to host two sold out weeks of sports
WIN for KC is excited to host two awesome sold-out sessions of Camp WIN this summer. The staff, coaches and team captains are working hard to provide campers with an unforgettable experience. We have prepared 14-16 sports and fitness activities for the campers during both sessions.
This year, Olympic gold medalist Christie Ambrosi will be at Camp WIN to speak with the campers. Ambrosi, who graduated from Blue Valley Northwest, competed for the U.S. softball team that took gold at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. She will tell her story about being a female athlete and the importance of living an active lifestyle.
Camp WIN aims to encourage all young girls to live actively. Our curriculum will help campers learn about teamwork, goal-setting, leadership and resiliency. We hope the campers will be able to apply the lessons they learn from Camp WIN in sports and everyday life.
Camp WIN will begin at St. Teresa’s Academy with the 9-12 year-olds for the first session on June 9-12. Campers will learn about lacrosse, flag football, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, yoga and more. On June 16-19, we move to Rockhurst University with the 6-8 year olds. This week, we will teach wrestling, tennis, cycling, self-defense and more. We look forward to teaching the girls about the positive impact that sports can have on your life.
Reducing our carbon footprint at events
The Kansas City Sports Commission (KCSC) and WIN for KC are committed to environmentally friendly practices with their events. Currently the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon is certified as a green event through the Council for Responsible Sport, an organization that provides an independent, comprehensive certification for sustainable athletic events. This year, the KCSC has submitted an application for the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon to be certified green event. In 2013, both the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon and the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon were considered zero-waste events.
The Triathlon is currently certified at the Silver Level by receiving 30 of 33 credits and is one of only 34 races and one of six triathlons in the United States to achieve this designation. To receive this rating, the WIN staff, Triathlon committee and volunteers work hard to meet all certification criteria. On race day, everything is separated by recycling, compost and trash. All plastic, glass, cardboard, aluminum and race bibs are recycled. Composting includes food waste, biodegradable plates, cups, napkins and utensils. Participants are encouraged to carpool, camp at the park and donate used shoes to Soles4Souls. Additionally, participants are offered the opportunity to opt out of a race T-shirt and finisher’s medal.
The KC Marathon has increased their green efforts each year and this year will be different. In 2014, race organizers will send participants virtual race bags, utilize recyclable heat sheets and bibs, provide on-demand printing of race T-shirts and apparel, collect used shoes for Cross-Lines, and recycling of unused medals from previous years. In addition, at the finish line recyclable materials will be collected including plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper along with compostable products. Before the race begins we encourage online registration to reduce paper registrations and we no longer advertise on billboards which reduces the use of vinyl banners.
Waddell & Reed KC Marathon with Ivy Funds Course Monitors needed
The 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds will take place on Saturday, October 18 starting and finishing at Washington Square Park. As preparations for this event are in full swing, the many moving pieces are coming together. One of the most critical pieces of the Kansas City Marathon is participant safety. A close partnership with the Kansas City Fire and Police Departments cover the majority of needs. However, to cover a 26.2 mile course, supplement assistance is needed from the community.
Course monitors are especially vital. Positioned around the marathon route, these individuals provide encouragement to participants and assist in their safety by helping to direct vehicle traffic away from the course. About 450 course monitors are needed. The Kansas City Marathon course is permitted as a closed course. For the event to start, Course Monitors are needed to help ensure the safety of the estimated 14,000 participants. If you are interested in becoming a Course Monitor please visit, www.KCmarathon.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Marathon presented by Chick-fil-A in partnership with Children’s Mercy
Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and we want to help kids be active. As part of the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon, young runners from Kindergarten through 8th grade have the opportunity to complete their own marathon. Young runners have all summer to “train” by tracking the first 25 miles on their own and then on race day, October 18, they will finish the last 1.2 miles while the full marathon is taking place.
Starting at 9 a.m. on race day, families will be able to enjoy several different activities in the Kids Zone. There will be group stretching before the kids take off at 9:30 a.m. for their 1.2 miles.
The kids marathon was started in 2009 in partnership with Children’s Mercy to help the fight against childhood obesity and to educate families. This year the event is presented by Chick-fil-A and once again benefits Children’s Mercy. Kids from ages 5-15 can register individually or through their school/youth sports group.
Successful Youth Clinic Series continues in November with Soccer
The Kansas City Sports Commission Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L was launched this year. This free series, for youths ages 6-12, seeks to educate participants on the importance of sport, the basic skills of sport and includes an educational component to accompany each clinic.
The first clinic, golf, was held back in April with the help of The First Tee of Greater Kansas City. The second clinic, baseball, was held in May with the help of the Benedictine College Baseball team and the NAIA. The final clinic in the 2014 series will be soccer held in November. Stay tuned for more details!
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