This Month at the Clubs – July 2016

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

On the Road With Our Youth of the Year

Vanesa in Chicago, IL.

This month Vanesa took a trip to Atlanta, GA to attend BGCA’s Advanced Leadership Institute. During her trip to Atlanta she attended leadership sessions with executives from Disney and Toyota that focused on community engagement, teamwork and networking.Tryouts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s 2016 Youth of the Year began in the fall of 2015. By the night of the Youth of the Year competition in February, the field had been narrowed to 5 teen contestants and one junior contestant. Vanesa surprised us all! Her shy and soft spoken demeanor dissipated as she spoke with confidence and eloquence. Vanesa drew us in by sharing how she overcame many challenges in her life including immigrating to America and not knowing how to speak English. She painted a vivid vision of her future with the experience of a professional public speaker and self-assuredness that makes you believe that she can and will do all of the things she dreams of. From the day that Vanesa took the 2016 Youth of the Year title she has been on a trajectory to victory. Shortly after the competition, Vanesa took the title for Missouri State Youth of the Year as well.

This month Vanesa took a trip to Atlanta, GA to attend BGCA’s Advanced Leadership Institute. During her trip to Atlanta she attended leadership sessions with executives from Disney and Toyota that focused on community engagement, teamwork and networking.
Vanesa took a direct flight from Atlanta to Chicago, IL to represent the State of Missouri in the Midwest Region Youth of the Year competition. Although Vanesa did not win the title of Midwest Youth of the Year, she has won in many areas and we have no doubt that this is only the beginning for this superstar!

2nd Annual SportsFest Luncheon


It was a hot but memorable day on Wednesday, July 20th for the second annual SportsFest Luncheon at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium! Our special guest during the luncheon was the legendary Herschel Walker, who entertained the crowd with his funny stories and witty comebacks, all while sharing his personal and professional experiences and showing incredible strength of human spirit and character.

In addition to Herschel Walker, another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s John J. “Buck” O’Neil Diamond MVP Award to Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager, in honor of his tremendous work on behalf of the Clubs and youth in sports.

After a great lunch and program, all guests were treated to the Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game at “The K”, with tickets courtesy of the Royals.

While in town for the event, Walker also paid a visit to the Independence Unit of the Clubs, 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. Herschel Walker 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, as it has done with Herschel Walker. Thank you to all of those who raised funds, supported, participated, and attended the 2016 SportsFest Luncheon.

Sponsor a Club Member as a Monthly Donor!

The Clubs truly are a beacon of hope for the young people who need us the most. Our ability to affect such tremendous impact in the lives of so many young people is made possible by the support of our community.  YOU can help us continue to make a meaningful difference by sponsoring of one our great Club members with a monthly gift. Your support helps ensure every young person that walks through our doors has access to the resources, opportunities and experiences needed to succeed. 

  • $25/month can provide a Club member access to school supplies necessary to complete homework and succeed in school;
  • $40/month can provide one child access to the Clubs’ many sports leagues and programming including soccer, basketball, flag football and golf;
  • $60/month provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner for one child every day that they are in the Club;
  • $100/month provides educational programming for a child, including public speaking, character and leadership development, technology, healthy lifestyles and art.

Becoming a monthly donor is easy! Simply click button below.


PLUS, monthly donor pledges will trigger a 2:1 matching gift for all new and incremental donations from another generous Clubs supporter, so your investment will make an even larger impact on our members.

Dental Care for Club Member Through Team Smile

A young Club member flashes a smile receiving dental services.

One of the biggest barriers to quality dental care for low-income families is cost. Research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed just how dire our dental care system has become. One in four children have untreated tooth decay, now the most common chronic illness among school-aged children. Families who can’t afford dental insurance or care are left to deal with, or ignore, tooth decay until it becomes unbearable.

Fortunately for our members, dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, pro athletes and educators have formed a community organization called Team Smile to provide FREE high quality dental services to underserved youth.

On Thursday, July 14, 200 of our Club members traveled to Kauffman Stadium to receive dental care through the Team Smile Foundation. Mobile dental stations lined the stadium and volunteer dental professionals were eager to receive our kids. It is the mission of Team Smile to help young children to have a continuity of care that will go beyond only one day to ensure improved oral health and wellness, which will ultimately lead to a better quality of life. Thanks Team Smile!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events:

Fall Sports Sign-up Blitz –  August 1st -5th, August 15th-19th at all Unit locations

Atomic Blast Science Fair – Tuesday, August 2nd, 3PM at the Thornberry Unit

RBI End of Year Picnic – Saturday, August 20th, 1-6PM at Cleveland Park

Sponsors Spotlight

Thank you to our great partners and supporters at Cargill. Through volunteerism at our Wyandotte County Unit, inclusive of reading with our younger members, career path discussions with our teens, and periodic beautification projects, their team members are involved hands-on in an ongoing capacity. Additionally, Cargill made a significant financial contribution to support our educational programming at the Wyandotte County Unit and Cargill employees collected school supplies to help ensure all of our members are going back to school with the tools needed to succeed