The SportsPage 2015 Fall Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: It’s fun to be a KC sports fan
If you attended our 2015 Sports Commission Awards Banquet back in April, then you enjoyed the humorous remarks by actor/comedian Rob Riggle. Rob was very entertaining and reminded us how fun it is to be a KC sports fan.
“I’m so happy the KC Sports Commission asked me to do this. I’m told this is the 42nd year that this event has existed. I’m just a little curious, though, what did you guys talk about for most of those years? George Brett’s lush head of hair? His great tan? Which he probably didn’t get in Kansas City. The proper spelling of Grbac?
“It doesn’t matter, never mind, let the past be the past. We are a sports city reborn. We are like an up-and-coming butterfly emerging from a very painful cocoon. Or an alien bursting through some guy’s chest…”
I wonder what thoughts Rob might have about all the incredible things going on in sports this year, in the heart of the country, Kansas City.
- The Royals celebrating division champions
- Will Shields being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame
- FCKC playing in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game (again) on Oct. 1
- How many guys we had, or almost had, in the MLB All-Star game
- Eric Berry and his healthy return to Chiefs Kingdom!
- Chris Klein’s induction into the Sporting KC Sporting Legends Hall of Honor
- Mike Sweeney inducted into the KC Royals Hall of Fame
- Did I say the 2015 Royals Season!
And inside our walls at the Sports Commission, our staff celebrates daily the impact we have in making Kansas City better through sports.
- Our marathon on October 17 will empower thousands to run.
- Our women’s triathlon proved that almost 1,000 women have the determination to cross the finish line.
- Our youth camps and clinics have provided an outlet to thousands of our youth to experience the positives of sport, teaching them the important life skills of leadership, teamwork and goal setting.
We know we are helping to transform our community through sports. And we are excited to grow our events that help change the way people think about sports. We have many events yet to come in 2015 to continue our celebration of sport. We hope to high five you as we celebrate KC through sports at one of these opportunities:
- Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds – October 17
- Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll presented by Sprint – November 26
- Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship – November 4, 6 and 8
- KCSC Youth Clinic Series presented by KCP&L: Soccer Clinic – November 7
- Kansas City Women’s Golf Clinic – October 19
- NCAA DIII Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships – December 4-6
- NCAA DI Men’s Soccer Championship – College Cup – December 11 and 13
- NCAA DII Football Championship – December 19
Rob wrapped up his remarks in April by mentioning the Royals and their first playoff appearance in 29 years.
“Let me put that in perspective, 29 years: Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet yet. Justin Bieber was just an accident waiting to happen … So the times have changed … God bless our Royals. …
“Impossible is a word often used by small-minded people. I want you to know that NOTHING is impossible in this life with the right amount of courage and faith. Fear never accomplished anything in this world. Courage and faith are what make everything happen.
“So let’s have the courage and faith to believe that we are a city that deserves championships.
“Sports are best when teams and players aren’t just victorious, but they’re inspiring. And that’s what tonight’s winners are, and that’s what the Royals were for this town this past season. … I tell young men all the time, ‘You want to prove that you have heart; you want to make people proud to know you?’
“Be like the Kansas City Royals.”
Let’s all be like the Royals, and the Chiefs and Sporting KC and FCKC, be like the marathon runners and the youth in our city excited to participate in sports. Let’s make people proud to know a KC Sports Fan!
Click here to read more of Rob Riggle’s remarks.
Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds
On October 17, join thousands of runners from around the country as they participate in the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds. Select from the full marathon, half marathon, 5K or create a team for the team relay. Each registered participant will receive a special Nike Tech Tee and a commemorative medal when crossing the finish line. New this year, 5K participants will receive a medal.
The Finish Line Festival presented by BNY Mellon will include seasonally inspired food for participants from Seasons 52 and Central States Beverage will again provide a glass of beer to all participants 21 years old and older. On the stage back by popular demand will be Ironband comprised of amateur endurance athletes. New this year will be local favorites Southern Vixens and Kangaroo Knife Fight.
Click here to register for the race.
KCM Volunteers Needed:
There are a variety of volunteer positions available at Packet Pickup October 15 and 16 and on Race Day October 17. Course Monitor volunteers will automatically be entered for a chance to win travel vouchers from our partners Southwest Airlines. Vouchers are good for Free flights. The winning name will be drawn after the marathon. Click here to volunteer.
Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L – Soccer
Soccer will finish out the year on November 7 as part of the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village. Participants will learn the basics of soccer. The clinic will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Kansas City Women’s Golf Clinic benefits WIN for KC and Rose Brooks
Spend the day with LPGA or PGA female teaching professionals on October 19 at the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, KS. Attendees will be grouped with others of the same skill level so the learning experience is comfortable and fun for everyone. Beginners will rotate through instructional stations learning about putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, sand, rules and etiquette and how to play the game. Intermediate and advanced golfers will be on the golf course to talk about course strategy, bunker play, green side shot strategy and rules and etiquette.
At the end of the day there will be a networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Cost is $400 per person and groups of six or more receive $25 off per person when pre-paying. Portions of the proceeds from the event will go to Rose Brooks (a local domestic violence shelter) and WIN For KC. A portion of all entry fees and sponsorships will be tax deductible.
Click here to register.
26th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll: Pilgrims vs. Turkeys
It’s the battle of the pilgrims and turkeys at this year’s Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll at the Sprint Campus. Bring the entire family for the oldest and largest Thanksgiving Day Run in Kansas City and participants will randomly be placed on either Team Pilgrim or Team Turkey. The team with the best average finish time will enjoy bragging rights until next year’s race.
New in 2015 enjoy a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Aid Station along the course! Let a doughnut give you a little burst to finish the race! Each registered participant will receive a half pint from Silipint. These cups are 100% food-grade silicone, BPA free, unbreakable, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe and insulate hot and cold.
As we give thanks this year, we hope you will remember to bring an item to packet pickup from the needs list for Catholic Charities. This wonderful organization works to reduce and prevent poverty in our neighborhoods and community through meaningful programs focused on helping individuals and families find a path out of poverty permanently.
While registering, consider making a donation to the Thomas E. Murphy III Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating Rockhurst High School Senior attending the University of Kansas. Nine college scholarships have been awarded since 2010.
Click here to register for the race.
Join the festivities by volunteering at packet pickup or help on race day and join the thousands of participants kicking off Thanksgiving! Volunteer registration is now open! Click here to volunteer.
2016 WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration nominations being accepted
WIN for KC is now accepting nominations for the five awards that will be presented on February 4 at the 2016 WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration. Do you know a local individual who deserves to be recognized for their contributions and achievements in sports and fitness? Then nominate them no later than 5 p.m. on October 21.
The following awards will be presented:
- Youth Sports Girl Award
- Resiliency Award
- Teamwork Award
- Senior Sportswoman Award
- Leadership Award
Click here to learn more about the awards and to nominate an individual.
2016 Southwestern Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships comes to Kansas City
Independence Events Center will be one of nine sites for the 2016 Regional Figure Skating Championships October 3-6. The top four skaters in the ladies and men’s events at each of the regional championships will qualify for one of three sectional championships. The top four finishers at each level in each discipline at the sectional championships will earn a berth to the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, MN January 16-24, 2016.
Click here for more information.
Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship
For the third year in a row, the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship comes to Swope Soccer Village November 4-8. The top eight teams based on conference results determined by a point system qualify for the Big 12 Championship. A squad gets three points for each conference win and one point for each conference tie. In 2014, West Virginia defeated Oklahoma 1-0 to take the championship title.
Single day passes are on sale for $10 with three-day championship passes available for $15. A 15-ticket team pack is also available for $120.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Click here to keep up-to-date on the championship.
NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship
The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship comes back to Kansas City where some of the top soccer players will compete for the National Championship title. Competition will be held at Swope Soccer Village on December 4-5. Tickets can be purchased in advanced or at the gate.
Other NCAA events coming to Kansas City in December:
- 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, December 11 & 13, Sporting Park
- 2015 NCAA Division II Football Championship, December 19, Sporting Park
2015 USA Fencing North American Cup
Click here for ticket and scheduling information.