The SportsPage 2015 Summer Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: Can You Believe It
We believe it! No one can host better than Kansas City. It would be difficult for another city to replicate what we have that week; a full arena, the Kansas City Power & Light District energy, Kansas City’s Big 12 Run, Campus ‘Cue Off BBQ competition, and Big 12 Game Day fan fest on Grand Boulevard. With this award, our city will host through the year 2020. Click here to see our bid video. Click here to read the Big 12 press release.
Can you believe we were also awarded the newly formed Big 12 Wrestling Championship for 2016?
We believe it! This championship will be the weekend before men’s basketball, March 5 and 6. We were thrilled with the announcement. Wrestlers and fans from four conference schools; Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia will be joined by the six schools in the Western Wrestling Conference for the first time during this new collegiate championship.
Father’s Day Run set for June 20
Join us for a great family event celebrating Fathers! Bring your family to run, walk and stroll on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 a.m. The new flat course will take you through CommunityAmerica Ballpark and finish at Sporting Park. Run the race then head over to Schlitterbahn Water Park as each participant will receive a $4 off ticket to be used Saturday, June 20 or Sunday, June 21. Take the family for a fun day at the water park with tube slides, kid’s area, zipline, beaches and coves.
Participants will also be automatically entered to win 4 Royals Ticket Vouchers for any Monday-Thursday Royals home game through August, except August 27. Team of 4 or more discount pricing available.
Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L adds lacrosse to the schedule
The Youth Clinic series is FREE to youth ages 6-12 and is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new sport or learn something new about a sport you already tried. These clinics are intended to provide a positive, encouraging environment where kids can learn and enjoy a sport they may or may not have tried before.
2015 kicked off in May with tennis at the Plaza Tennis Center! The series will continue June 27 with girl’s lacrosse at Swope Soccer Village. Registration is now open to register a girl age 6-12 for this free clinic. Baseball, boy’s lacrosse and soccer wrap up the series in the fall.
WIN For KC to host Women’s World Cup Watch Party
Join WIN for KC, FC Kansas City and Sporting Park for three FIFA Women’s World Cup Watch Parties to cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team! Each watch party will be held in the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park. Free admission, free parking and drink specials. Doors open 1 hour before each kickoff. Reserve your seat today before they fill up.
- Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. US vs. Sweden
- Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. US vs. Nigeria
Tuesday, June 16 will feature a chance to not only cheer on Team USA inside the Members Club, but also catch a Men’s US Open Cup match LIVE inside Sporting Park for only $14! There are a limited number of tickets available for this unique opportunity. Click here and use code: WINKC15 to purchase tickets.
WIN for KC members enjoy a free tour of Sporting Park at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Meet outside the Members Club to check in.
Click here to reserve your seat.
WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon presented by Sprint
There is still time to participate in one of the top women’s triathlons in the Midwest! Register for the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon held at Smithville Lake on Saturday, July 25. In 2014, over 40% of the participants were first timers and the race was recently voted one of the top triathlons for beginners in the world by Triathlon Business International.
The course consists of a 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike (five out, five back) and a 5K on a paved trail along the lake. Register as an individual or create a team with two other people. This event sells out each year so make sure to reserve your spot today!
Click here for more information.
Click here to register for the triathlon.
Volunteers needed for the Triathlon
Over 200 volunteers are needed to make sure this event runs smoothly, participants are safe and the event stays a green event. Volunteer positions available in the following locations: Assist with packet pickup, assist with registration and packet pickup on race morning, bike course marshalling, finish line festival support, kayakers and green team.
Click here if you would like to volunteer.
Camp WIN kicks off this week
WIN for KC Camp WIN kicked off the summer camp season yesterday at Avila University where girls ages 6-12 will be introduced to over 16 different sports and fitness activities during this four-day camp. The sold out second week of Camp WIN starts June 29 at UMKC. High school girls will serve as team captains and the instructors are from local universities, colleges, high schools and other area organizations.
The girls will also participate in WIN’s peer mentor program called LIVE ACTIVE. This program includes four components focusing on Respect, Goal Setting, Determination and Leadership. The goal of the program is to educate girls on the positive benefits of sports and fitness and inspire them to live active.
Click here for more information on Camp WIN.
Volunteers needed for the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon in October
The Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds utilizes several thousand volunteers to make sure all participants are safe and the race runs smoothly. Several duties and shifts are available if an individual would like to volunteer multiple days. This is a great way to accumulate community service hours.
Volunteers are needed at Packet Pickup on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. This will include volunteer check-in and processing pre-registered participants as well as late registrants. On Race Day, Saturday, October 17, there are a multitude of opportunities including gear check, finish line food and water, Mylar blanket distribution, medical tent, finish line Festival Food and course monitors.
Are you a nonprofit organization looking for fundraising opportunities? Do you have ten volunteers who can be at the marathon on October 17? Then you could receive $10 for every volunteer who works the marathon up to $500. Sponsor an aid station and decorate it promoting your organization. Have fun as you cheer on the participants. For information on Grant Groups email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Neighborhoods! Show the out-of-town participants why Kansas City is one of the top cities for tailgating. Be a course monitor in your neighborhood and turn it into a tailgate party!
Click here for a complete description of each volunteer opportunity.
Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon set for October 17
Join the thousands of participants this October and #RunKCM. This great community event captures the beauty and excitement Kansas City has to offer! Gather your friends, family or coworkers and see the city! Select from full marathon, half marathon, 5K or create a team and participate in the team relay.
Want a challenge this year? Then register for the I-35 Challenge. Participate in the Kansas City Marathon on Saturday, October 17 then on Sunday, October 18 participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Four combinations to choose from. Run two full marathons in two days, run two half marathons to make a full marathon or run a full marathon in Kansas City and a half marathon in Des Moines or flip the distances and run a half marathon in Kansas City and a full marathon in Des Moines. Register for each race AND register for the I-35 Challenge for just $35. That’s two cities, two races in two days.
Click here to register for the Kansas City Marathon.
Click here to register for the Des Moines Marathon.
Click here to register for the I-35 Challenge.
Click here for more information about the 2015 race.
Not sure if you’ve already registered for Kansas City? Confirm your registration.
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.
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