This Month at the Clubs – August 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

3rd Annual SportsFest Event

On Wednesday, August 23rd, with temperatures in the low 80’s, the stage was set for a fantastic third annual SportsFest event at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium presented by Saint Luke’s Health System! Our special guest for this tailgate party was “The Wizard” himself, Ozzie Smith, who shared stories from his personal and professional experiences.

In addition to Ozzie Smith, another highlight of the event was the presentation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s John J. “Buck” O’Neil Diamond MVP Award to Lamar Hunt, Jr. and the Kansas City Mavericks, in honor of their tremendous support of the Clubs’ Sports L.A.B. (Lifestyle, Attitude and Behavior) healthy lifestyles and youth sports program.

After an exciting tailgate party and program, all guests were treated to the Kansas City Royals vs. Colorado Rockies baseball game at “The K”, with tickets courtesy of the Royals.

While in town for the event, Smith also paid a visit to our Wyandotte County Unit, touring the Club site and spending some quality time with Club youth answering questions, posing for photos and generally having a great time.

The Boys & Girls Clubs sports programs go beyond teaching the game of sports. It is our mission to instill values that will create opportunities for successful futures. Ozzie Smith is a living embodiment of the attributes that we teach: healthy living, great character, integrity and compassion.

When our supporters make an investment into our program, it is one that pays off for generations of youth. Thank you to all of those who raised funds, supported, participated, and attended the 2017 SportsFest Event.

Click here to see photos from the event. Feel free to tag yourself or someone you know!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City receives top KRR Program Award

Aleasha Winters and Dave Smith accept the award on behalf of the Clubs.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City partnered with the Kansas Department for Children and Families in 2016 to begin offering the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) program in the Olathe and Wyandotte County Units. Members of the Olathe Unit achieved exceptional results, nearly doubling their reading competency skills. For efforts and accomplishments achieved by Olathe students and staff, KRR named the Olathe KRR Program as “Program of the Year”.

“I’m very excited to see this level of reading growth in the Olathe Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool program,” says Andrew Hysell, Executive Director, KRR. “The Olathe Unit is proving that early reading can be fostered and promoted through community-based programs. The potential for afterschool programs everywhere is incredible.”

Olathe’s third grade KRR participants who were reading at grade level nearly doubled their literacy skills from 36% to 67% in the 2016-17 school year. KRR participant’s competency levels are measured through school-grade, curriculum-based testing. The program’s curriculum aligns with required state assessments third grade students participate in each school year. Results from KRR testing revealed monumental growth. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, the number of KRR participants who were most at-risk for special education dropped from 29% to 17%.

Dave Smith, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, and Aleasha Winter, KRR Director in our Olathe Unit, traveled to Wichita, KS to accept the award.

Future Scientists on Display at the Atomic Blast Science Fair

Secret Formula science project

Club members from across the metro celebrated the conclusion of our Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment program with the Clubs’ annual Atomic Blast Science Fair. Finalists from kindergarten to 8th grade gathered to showcase their science projects for judging by engineering professionals from A. Zahner.

Club members spent the final few weeks of Atomic Blast working in their classrooms developing projects following a scientific process, tracking their data and interpreting their observations. They created boards and practiced their presentations. On the day of the science fair, the members waited nervously for six volunteer judges to ask them questions and score their work. There was an impressive variety of project ideas on display: one tested the color coating on candy, one built a model roller coaster from popsicle sticks, and one even mummified a trout!

This year, the competition was stiff; all Units were represented in the awards given for the elementary and middle school categories. The winning groups celebrated with a party in their classroom.

Middle School Winners:
1st place: Find the Secret Formula – Independence Unit
2nd place: Fish Mummies – Olathe Unit
3rd place: Yeast Feast – Wagner Unit

Elementary Winners:
1st place: Oxidative Rancidity in Potato Chips – Wyandotte County – 4th/5th
2nd place: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make a Battery – Independence 2nd/3rd
3rd place: Walking Water – Thornberry kindergarten

“Are you ready for some (flag) FOOTBALL!!??”

It’s that time of year…. FLAG FOOTBALL SEASON!

Calling all boys and girls, ages 5 to 13 years old to participate in the 2017 Flag Football season. The league will consist of teams from BGCGKC, YMCA, Kansas City Parks & Recreation and LINC!! We will have a lot of teams and a lot of great competition!

The season will kick-off on Saturday, September 23rd. We will play a six game season with the playoff games and championship finals held at the KANSAS CHIEFS PRACTICE FACILITY!

Coaches and volunteers are needed. See a Club location or call 816-361-3600 to find out more about volunteer opportunities or to register your child today. Click HERE to download registration information.

Club Members Head Back to School

All Club locations opened on August 16, for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Club members have access to homework help, fun activities, sports, and art programs. The Clubs are open during after school hours and on most school days out, providing a safe place for children to go during critical out of school hours.

In an effort to ensure our Clubs members have all the tools they need for a successful start to the school year, the Clubs’ presented Club members with backpacks filled with school supplies and other fun items. Youth having the right tools is key to back to school success. A big THANK YOU community members and corporate partners who graciously donated these much needed school supplies and backpacks!

2017 RBI Season Wrap-Up

William Powell_ the David Wolf Scholarship Award winner.
On the evening of August 9, players from the Black Sox and Diamond Masterz baseball teams met at the mound
for the final 2017 KCMO RBI season game. Up for grabs was the esteemed Buck O’ Neil Division title for league championship. The competition was fierce but in the end the Black Sox prevailed. The final score was Black Sox 5 vs Diamond Masterz 3.

With the 2017 RBI season sponsored by Royals Charities a wrap, on Saturday, August 19, RBI held its Annual Cookout and Award program at Cleveland Park. The following individuals were recognized for their hard work and dedication this season:


RBI Coach of the Year – Coach Brian Hines, Satchel Paige Division Royals

Volunteer of the Year – sisters, 15 year old Simone Cooper and 11 year old Mariah Cooper

The David Wolf Scholarship Award – William Powell, 18 year old University Academy graduate, currently at Jackson State University


Hilton Smith II Playoff Champion for 2017 – Giants, Coached by Shannon Watkins

Barnstormer Division
American League Champion, Kings 1 – Coached by Chris Evans
National League Champion, Kings – Coached by Chris Evans
Barnstormer Playoff Champion, Kings – Coached by Chris Evans

Satchel Paige Division
American League Champion, Knights – Coached by Kevin Massie
National League Champion, Diamond Masterz – Coached by Donsha Finley
Satchel Paige Division Playoff Champion, Yankees – Coached by Mike Graham

Frank White Jr. Division
Frank White Jr, League Champion, Knights – Coached by John Sackwitz
Frank White Jr. Playoff Champion, Cubs – Coached by Carlton Smith

Buck O’Neil Division
American League Champion, Diamond Masterz – Coached by Brian J. Stevenson
National League Champion, Diamond Masterz – Coached by David Ersery
Buck O’Neil Division Playoff Champion, Mid West Black Sox – Coached by Mick Simpson

2017 was a great season for all!

Simple Ways to Make a Lasting Difference

Looking for a place to grab lunch? Wanting to run your first 5K? Needing to buy that special someone a gift? As you’re out and about, please keep the following partners in mind. Each of them is generously supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City through their cause marketing efforts. Together, we are helping to make a real difference in the lives of local youth!

July 1 – August 31- 5th Annual McCarthy 2000 Sales Race
Tuesday, September 12- Raising Cane’s Westport
Saturday, October 28- Olathe Charities 5K
Tuesday, November 14- Kendra Scott Plaza
Tuesday, December 12- Raising Cane’s Westport

Sponsor Spotlight!

Our partners at McCarthy Auto Group set a goal to sell 2,000 cars from July 1 – August 31 and gift $20,000.00 of the proceeds to the Clubs! With nine convenient car dealership locations spanning western Missouri and eastern Kansas, if you are looking for a car, there is no better place than McCarthy Auto Group! They will take care of you and the community.