The SportsPage 2015 Spring Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: Kansas City is the sixth man
The sixth man is a critical player on any basketball team. They must be prepared to come off the bench at a moment’s notice, fall right into the flow and do whatever is necessary to help their team win. The sixth man must be prepared to provide quality minutes when they play and understand that they may be needed to play as many or more minutes than one of the starting five players.
Kansas City’s Big 12 Run adds new distance – 12K
Start the month of basketball madness off right with a great race through downtown Kansas City! Select either the 5K distance or the new 12K distance (7.46 miles). Each participant will receive a participant finisher’s medal and a complimentary beer (for those 21 years of age and older).
New in 2015: Each participant of the 5K and 12K distances will receive a Big 12 Run black running hoodie. This will be a great addition to any runner’s wardrobe (sizes are unisex).
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Campus ‘Cue Off is part of the Big 12 Celebration
Once again, we’re heading off the court and into the pit for a championship barbecue showdown, Kansas City-style. Iowa State took home the hardware on AND off the court in 2014. Bragging rights are up for grabs again. One barbecue team from each Big 12 university will compete in four meat categories, aiming for the title of 2015 Campus ‘Cue Off Grand Champion. Who will wear the crown in 2015? Find out at Kansas City’s Big 12 Campus ‘Cue Off. Competition starts March 12 with official judging on March 13.
Hours of Campus ‘Cue Off:
Wednesday, March 11, 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2-6 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 12-6 p.m.
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KCSC Awards Banquet honorees announced
Congratulations to the 2015 Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet Winners! These outstanding individuals exemplify all the positive aspects of sport and have made and continue to make a positive impact on the Kansas City Community. The winners will be honored at the 42nd Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet. The benefits of sport are longstanding and this awards banquet celebrates all the positive aspects of sports.
Featured Speaker: Actor/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years. Most recently, Riggle co-starred with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal Pictures’ Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb & Dumber. Click here to read Rob’s complete bio.
- Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year: Dayton Moore, Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals
- Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Bobbi Walden, National Powerlifting Champion & Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
- Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year: Shane Ray, 2014 SEC Defensive Football Player of the Year from the University of Missouri
- Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year: Mike Talamantes, Park University Head Volleyball Coach for Men’s and Women’s NAIA National Championship Teams
- Sprint Co-Community Champions: Nicholas Hibbeler, Park Hill High School Soccer Player and Cancer Survivor and Mike Grossner, Baker University Head Football Coach and Cancer Survivor
Click here for more information about the event and how to sponsor a table.
Registration is open for Camp WIN
High school girls will act as Team Captains as the campers learn from area college, high school and club coaches.
Camp will take place June 8 – 11 at Avila University and June 29 – July 2 at UMKC! Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day and includes lunch and snacks. Registration is $200. Camp WIN sold out in 2014!
Click here to register for Camp WIN Session 1, June 8-11 at Avila University.
Click here to register for Camp WIN Session 2, June 29 – July 2 at UMKC.
Click here to find out how to be a Team Captain.
Youth Clinic Series Powered by KCP&L kicks off 2015 with Tennis Clinic
The second year of the Kansas City Sports Commission Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L kicks off 2015 with a tennis clinic. This first FREE clinic will teach the basic skills of tennis with the help of Plaza Tennis Center Instructors, Kansas City United Tennis Coaches and USTA Instructors.
The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Plaza Tennis Center. No equipment or prior experience will be needed. All participants must be pre-registered.
Click here to register today!
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WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon – You are an athlete! You can do it!
Registration is now open for the 2015 WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon! Come be a part of the largest all-women’s triathlon in the Midwest! Whether this is your first triathlon or your 100th, the WIN for KC Triathlon is dedicated to creating an encouraging environment for all ages and skill levels. Choose from a traditional wave start or start one-at-a-time!
The race is comprised of a 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike and a 5K (3.1 miles) run. Complete all portions of the triathlon as an individual or grab a couple friends and create a relay team!
Registration is $98 plus the cost of a USATriathlon one-day pass. The triathlon typically sells out quickly so don’t wait, register today! The race is held at Smithville Lake, MO on Saturday, July 25. Race starts at 7 a.m.
Click here to register.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Returns to KC
Outside Sprint Center on Grand Boulevard, fans can enjoy the Big 12 GameDay activities. Some of the activities include a full size basketball court, Hot Shot Challenge, Three Point Challenge, Free Throw Challenge, Golf Simulator, Speed Pitch Interactive, Phillips 66 Basketpong and Racing Simulator.
Click here for more information about the Big 12 Championship activities.
78th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship returns to Kansas City March 18-24
The third week of March will see the third collegiate basketball tournament in Kansas City as the 78th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tips off at the historic Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday, March 18.
Fans will experience an action-packed, exciting atmosphere that will feature on-court contests during timeouts, halftimes and game breaks. An All-Star Game will be held between the evening games on Saturday, March 21.
Ticket options include all-tournament tickets to all 31 games, . Single game tickets are general admission – $12, reserved – $15, all studnets (ages 6-21) – $5 and kids (age 5 and under) – free. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here for more information about the tournament.
35th annual NAIA DI Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City
For the first time in history, the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship will be played at the Independence Events Center. The tournament will be played March 18-24 consisting of nine sessions with each session having four games during the first four days.
Tickets are now available for purchase. All-tournament passes and single-session tickets can be purchased in-person at the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office, located at the east entrance of the Independence Events Center, online at Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000. All-tournament passes are priced at $75, while single-session prices range from $5 for children (5-11) to $10 for adults. Kids five-and-under are free. Special discounts are available for active and retired military, senior citizens and Independence School District students.
Additional discounts and ticket promotions include the following:
- Family Pack – four single-session tickets, parking pass and $20 in concessions for $50
- $5 ticket if you show your stub or all-tournament pass from the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship
- $5 ticket if you show a ticket stub from a Missouri Mavericks or Missouri Comets game
- $5 with 2-or-more can goods, to be donated to Community Services League
- $50 all-tournament pass with 2-or-more canned goods.
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