The SportsPage 2015 Winter Newsletter
Message from President & CEO Kathy Nelson: Now What?
I’m not sure words will do the year 2015 justice. Working in sports may have just hit an all-time high for me. Looking back at what the KC Sports Commission has accomplished and been involved with makes me so proud, and slightly tired. The year 2015 is almost book deserving, and I might have to call on my friends Matt Fulks or Blair Kerkhoff to use their elegant words to capture the memorable year. Friends and family at times have encouraged me to write a book about the experiences of working in sports. 2015 may have been my tipping point to consider.
This year, the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation has ignited thousands of young lives with the power of participating in sports through Camp WIN and our Youth Clinic Series powered by KCP&L. Thousands more have run and competed in one of our endurance events such as the WIN for KC Triathlon and the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds. Many of you engaged with us at our award ceremonies this year. At the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration we shared what impact sports played in our lives because we are athletes, and keynote speaker Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer shared “I am alive, because I am an athlete”. At our spring Sports Commission Awards Banquet with Rob Riggle we celebrated many champions. Remember Riggle asking, what have we been celebrating the last few decades?” Guessing he might say something different this year?
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2015 NCAA Division I Men’s College Cup kicks off in Kansas City on December 11
The road to the championship game began on November 19 with a 48-team field made up of the champions of 24 conferences, who qualified automatically, along with 24 teams that were selected at-large. The following four teams will play in the College Cup on December 11 and 13: Syracuse and Clemson will play at 6 p.m., Akron and Stanford will play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
NCAA Division II Football Championship returns to Sporting Park
Sporting Park is the site of the national championship game on Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m. Twenty-eight teams have been competing in the Division II Football Championship bracket since November 21 for a berth in the final at Sporting Park. Tickets for the national championship game are on sale via Ticketmaster.com. Passes for access to the Boulevard Members Club or Ameritas Shield Club can also be purchased.
Friday, December 18 starting at 7 p.m., all fans are welcome to a pep rally for the championship teams, featuring spirit squads and pep bands on the KC Live! Stage in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. The 2015 NCAA Division II Football Championship at Sporting Park will be co-hosted by the Kansas City Sports Commission and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Click here to view the tournament bracket.
WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon set for February 4
Table sponsorships are now available as we honor six local individuals for their contributions and achievements in sports and fitness on Thursday, February 4 at the Sheraton Crown Center. This is the largest luncheon in the country celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. To sponsor a table contact WIN for KC Director Lisa Diven at 816.389.4186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Mercy Youth Sports Girl Award: Claire Tietgen
Lockton Companies Resiliency Award: Alana Vawter
Kissick Construction Teamwork Award: Katie Sowers
BKD WOW Award: FC Kansas City Blues
UMB Senior Sportswoman Award: Marilyn Deister
Hallmark Cards Leadership Award: Kelly Siebert
Along with the six main awards, female high school state champions will participate in the March of State Champions at the beginning of the luncheon. For more information on how to include your female student-athlete, contact WIN for KC Assistant Director Mallory Cage at email@example.com. Click here for more information about the Luncheon.
Nominations being accepted for the KCSC Awards Banquet
The KCSC Awards Banquet on April 18, 2016 will be honoring six outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports. Five of the awards are nominated by the general public and the Executive of the Year award is selected by the Sports Commission Executive Committee. Nominations are being accepted until January 4 for the following awards:
- Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
- Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year
- Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
- Community Champion
Reserve your table today by purchasing a table sponsorship for your company. To learn more about table sponsorships along with other sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Dee, Director of Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.389.4191.
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Big 12 Championships come to Kansas City in March
The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will be at Sprint Center on March 5-6. This marks the first neutral-site conference championship for the sport. The two-day event will feature four sessions of action, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Each ticket purchased gains access to all four sessions. Click here to purchase tickets.
Big 12 Men’s Basketball
Sprint Center will welcome the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship March 9-12. This marks the 15th year Kansas City has hosted this event. Make sure to enjoy all the fun festivities surrounding the championship tournament.
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.
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For the third year, we’re heading off the court and into the pit for a championship barbecue showdown, Kansas City-style. 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 2016 Big 12 Big Q Grand Champion. Who will wear the crown in 2016? Find out at Kansas City’s Big 12 Big Q. Competition starts March 10 with official judging on March 11.
Kansas City’s Big 12 Run is a family-friendly event
Celebrate college basketball as we wrap up the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball tournament with Kansas City’s Big 12 Run on Saturday morning, March 12 before the men take to the court at Sprint Center that evening for the championship game.
Select between a 5K or 12K distance as participants will wind their way through downtown Kansas City. This family-friendly race, that welcomes strollers in the 5K distance, is a great way to show off your favorite team colors. Then stick around and enjoy all the Big 12 Game Day activities and have lunch at one of the Power & Light District restaurants.
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Click here to register for Kansas City’s Big 12 Run.
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.
We hope you consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the KC Sports Commission & Foundation to help support our mission. Contact Mike Sharpe, Director of Business & Partner Development, to learn how your business can be a sponsor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 816.389.4187.