This Month at the Clubs – April 2016

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

The Clubs Enjoy a Record-Breaking Kid Night Out


The Greater Kansas City community showed their support for the Clubs with more than $1.5 million raised at Kids Night Out with featured guest Brad Paisley on Saturday, April 9.  More than 1,100 guests enjoyed a Silent Auction, dinner, and a lively Live Auction that offered several exclusive Brad Paisley experiences.  Upon taking the stage, Paisley delighted the crowd with his musical talent on the guitar while taking special song requests from the crowd.

The Presenting Sponsor, UMB Bank, was supported by a stellar steering committee led by board members Andy Burczyk and Dean Newton.

One of the many highlights of the evening included our 2016 Youth of the Year, Vanesa Rodriguez, who received a standing ovation for the heartfelt telling of her personal story of perseverance. Our gratitude goes out to our friends in the community who support the Clubs and our youth. With your help, more youth are able to open the door to a successful future.  Thank you!

Spring Training with the Royals

RBI members shown here with Milt Thompson and Jeff Disken

What would be the greatest gift to give to a child who dreams of one day becoming a baseball player? A first-hand, up close and personal experience with professional baseball players! Five members of the Kansas City, Missouri RBI Program were granted the chance of a lifetime by Kansas City Royals General Manager, Dayton Moore. Kristian Davis, Mathew Davis, Camron Shumate, William Powell, and Delton Cooper were chosen to spend a week with major and minor league players at the Kansas City Royals’ spring training camp.

RBI players were allowed to dine with the minor league players each day, while asking questions and getting autographs from both major and minor leaguers. During their stay they met with the medical staff, participated in conditioning workouts with trainers and performed baseball drills with former Major League Player and now the Kansas City Royals outfield, bunting, and base running Coach, Milt Thompson. On the final two days of Spring Training our RBI players received words of wisdom from General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo. Moore and Picollo shared their experience on what it takes to become a success in life and on the field. To say that our players had a great time is an understatement. They had an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime, amazing fan experience. We would like to send a huge thank you to Mr. Dayton Moore and the Kansas City Royals for their generous gift.

Our RBI season is in full swing! If you or someone you know would like to participate in RBI, through coaching, volunteering or playing, please click HERE for more information on how to get involved.

Atomic Blast Round Up


Our very first Atomic Blast Roundup took place Saturday, April 16. Members and prospective members enjoyed free food, games and entertainment, all while registering for the Atomic Blast Summer Educational Program. Once members were registered they walked away with brand new photo id cards.

Atomic Blast offers parents the opportunity to bridge the gap that happens during summer break in a safe and fun environment. Members participate in STEM and physical activities, technology training and fun field trips.

If you missed the opportunity to sign up, please attend the second roundup, April 30, at our J & D Wagner location, from 10am – 2pm. Click HERE for more information.

Our Own Vanesa Rodrituez Named State Youth of the Year

Vanesa Rodriguez

Selected among ten outstanding youth, Vanesa Rodriguez has been named the Missouri Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the Missouri Youth of the Year, Vanesa will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from BGCA, and will go on to compete in the regional Youth of the Year competition, ultimately vying for the national title.

Vanesa is currently a sophomore at William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO.  She is a member of the school’s volleyball team and was recently recognized for her achievements with a nomination to the National Academy of Future Physicians.  Vanesa hopes to be the first person in her family to graduate from college and go on to pursue a career in the medical field.

At the Clubs’ Hawthorne Unit, she previously served as the Keystone Club vice-president, and she is currently serving as Keystone Club president. Vanesa can often be seen lending a helping hand by assisting Club office staff and mentoring younger Club members.

This summer, Vanesa will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Mid-West Region.  Click HERE to see photos of Vanesa’s Youth of the Year journey.

2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees


During the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s graduation celebration on Tuesday, May 3, the Clubs will honor five alumni Hall of Fame inductees. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City.

The Alumni Hall of Fame program serves as a means of recognizing, preserving and honoring the more than 100-year legacy of the Clubs. Inductees are former members or volunteers of the Boys Club, Boys & Girls Clubs or any of its affiliates, who have made positive contributions to youth, the community and who have achieved success in their careers. Honorees are:

  • The Sport Alumni of the Year Award will be presented to the Peeler Family – Larry, Carolyn, Larry, Jr. and Anthony to accept the award on behalf the family.
  • The recipients of the Service Alumni of the Year Award include Mr. Bob Palmer, Mr. John Palmer and Ms. Catherine Ray.
  • Mr. Kevin Mahogany will receive the Alumni of the Year Award.

National Fitness Challenge


Join us for the National Fitness Challenge, May 7, 2016 at the Thornberry Unit, 3831 E. 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO. This event will include a youth fitness competition, free food, and healthy lifestyle demonstrations. The doors will open at 9:30 am. Free Admission!

Sponsors Spotlight


POAH Communities for their partnership and support of our Hawthorne Unit.