The SportsPage 2014 Winter Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: It would have been a great parade
It would have been a great parade! Hours of work went into discussing, planning, organizing, and rehearsing a parade and victory rally at Union Station. The Sports Commission partnered with many great organizations to plan what would have been an incredible Royal Celebration. But wasn’t the ride to the final game fun?
During the weeks of planning for a Royal Celebration, I couldn’t help but think of all the great things our city has to celebrate from 2014.
So many incredible successes and announcements, some even parade worthy in my opinion. I’m sure something is missing from my list, so I welcome your feedback.
NCAA DII Football Championship Game at Sporting Park December 20
For the first time since 1985, the NCAA Division II Football Championship leaves Florence, Alabama and comes to Kansas City on Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m. Sporting Park will host the game, which is the first time a non-soccer game will be played in the stadium. This year’s Championship game will be the first of four consecutive years in Kansas City. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
Click here for more information about DII Football and to view the bracket.
Olympian Amy Van Dyken to speak at WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon Thursday, February 12
The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means, it is time to reserve your table at the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration presented by Price Chopper! On Thursday, February 12 at the Sheraton Crown Center, we will celebrate local female state champions and six outstanding award winners. WIN for KC is excited to announce that six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be the keynote speaker.
In 1996, Amy won four gold medals at the Olympic Games, the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year, the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and the Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year. She then went on to win two more gold medals in the 2000 Olympic Games. Since her retirement from swimming, Amy has been a public speaker, a disc jockey for a sports radio show in Arizona and a sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In June of 2014, she was injured in an ATV accident that severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. However, she continues intense rehabilitation and in August of 2014, she stood on her own and walked with the aid of a walker and mechanical device attached to her legs and waist.
WIN is excited to honor Amy and our six amazing award winners for 2015. Mindy Corporon will be the recipient of the Lockton Companies Resiliency Award, Robin Sterneck will receive the BKD WOW Award, Tracey Davies is this year’s Hallmark Leadership Award Winner, UMB Senior Sportswoman is Caroline Helmkamp and the HCA Midwest Health Systems Youth Sports Girl is Mariah Peters.
We cannot wait to share their amazing stories with you and celebrate their accomplishments. If you would like to be a part of this empowering day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
Kansas City’s Big 12 Run hits the streets on March 14
March marks the beginning of madness for basketball fans everywhere! Come to the college basketball capital to kickoff your March! Register now for cheapest prices! Each runner will receive a participant shirt and medal.
NEW in 2015 – The Big 12 Run has added a 12K in addition to a 5K.
Don’t miss any of the special promotions. Be sure to “like” the Kansas City Sports Commission Facebook page and follow @SportKC on Twitter. All promotions will be announced through social media.
KCSC Awards Banquet Accepting Award Nominations
Each year, the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation honors outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievements in sports. The benefits of sport are long-standing and this Awards Banquet celebrates all the positive aspects of sports. This year, we celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards in April, 2015.
Nominations are now open for the following awards: Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Coach of the Year and Community Champion of the Year. Nominate that champion in your life and give them the opportunity to be recognized.
Click here for more information about the awards and to access nomination forms.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2015. Be sure to reserve your spot today to celebrate the City of Champions. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the celebration. Sponsorship levels start at $1,250.
Click here for more information about becoming a sponsor.