This Month at the Clubs – July 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs


On the Road with our Youth of the Year

KaeShawn, Greater Kansas City and Missouri State Youth of the Year

Earlier this month, KaeShawn attended the Advanced Leaders Institute in Atlanta. She enjoyed connecting with other Club teens, discussing community issues, and learning how to be a positive leader.

KaeShawn was chosen for this opportunity after winning Greater Kansas City and Missouri State Youth of the Year (YOY) competitions. YOY winners embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. KaeShawn has exemplified those qualities and more in school and in the Clubs. She won over the judges with her intelligence, confidence and charming personality.

In the fall of 2016, KaeShawn made the decision to compete for the Youth of the Year title. Committing to the Youth of the Year process meant: extended days and weekends at the Club, public speaking preparation with Toastmasters, essay writing, speaking in front of large groups, and interviewing with staff and volunteers.

Visiting Atlanta was the icing on the cake after many months of the hard work. While at the Leadership Institute, KaeShawn attended leadership sessions with executives, met with influential people and enjoying days collaborating with like-minded teens.

This process has inspired KaeShawn to pursue her dream of starting a non-profit organization to help teens overcome feelings of depression, isolation, and loneliness, called Stop, Listen to Our Youth. “I know what it’s like to be that sad kid crying, all alone, feeling like you have no one to listen to you and I refuse to sit and let that happen to any other kid,” she said.

KaeShawn made a brief stop back in Kansas City before heading to Chicago, IL to represent the State of Missouri in the Midwest Region Youth of the Year competition. Although KaeShawn did not win the title of Midwest Youth of the Year, we are honored to have this motivated young lady representing our Clubs and are proud of all of her accomplishments!

Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program Partnership with Kansas City Public Schools was a Hit!

This year we partnered with Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools (KCPS) to launch the Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program at ten school sites in addition to our six Club Unit locations.

This June, nearly 3,000 Students in grades K-6, enjoyed educational activities that, most of the time, felt like they were playing games. Math Bingo and Fidget Spinner Multiplication were a hit this summer. Most activities focused on summer competency slide prevention. According to, by the time a low income student reaches the 5th grade there is a 2 ½ to 3 year academic gap between them and their middle to upper income peers, which adds up from summer loss over time.

Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment program provided 23,382 meals, 1,500 swim lessons, over 64 college tours and field trips to nearly 3,000 students. Although, the primary goal of Atomic Blast is academic success, we did not leave out the fun! Every Friday, students enjoyed themed Fun Fridays, such as; splash day, talent shows, carnivals, and prizes! Atomic Blast ended on July 14 at the ten school sites after a six week session. Our six Club sites will continue the summer enrichment program until August 5.

Katy Perry #WitnesstheFuture

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and mega pop star Katy Perry are partnering to encourage her fans to take action and make a difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by supporting Boys & Girls Clubs. The partnership is intended to motivate people to take action and get more involved. Not just on their phones, but by truly becoming connected with our mission and the tremendous impact Clubs have on kids and teens across the country.

On July 5, Perry announced an opportunity for her fans to receive free tickets to “Witness: The Tour” (September 2017 – February 2018) by supporting local Clubs! Fans can earn points for a chance to win tickets by taking the following actions:

Visit to locate a Boys & Girls Club.
Donate funds or school supplies or volunteer at a Club and take a photo.
Register at and tweet the photo.
Tag #WitnessTheFuture and mention @BGCA_Clubs and @GlblCtzn.

#WitnesstheFuture donation boxes are located at each of our six (6) Units and at Legacy Center to encourage participation in dropping off school supplies.

Contact us at 816-361-3600 with any questions on getting involved in this great opportunity.

If you are interested in helping our youth reach academic success by providing them with school supplies, contact Molly Groebe, Director of Corporate Giving, at 816-462-0139.

Hall-of-Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith to Join the Clubs for the 3rd Annual SportsFest Event in August

Join the Clubs for the 3rd Annual SportsFest Event – the most FUN event of the summer!

SportsFest will benefit the children served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and the Sports L*A*B™ (Lifestyle, Attitude, Behavior) Program.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 3:30pm
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium – North Club

The event features a tailgate dinner, cocktails, auction and a program featuring an interview with the legendary Ozzie Smith, Hall-of-Fame shortstop and 13-time Gold Glove winner!

After the program, ALL guests receive a ticket to walk across the parking lot to see the Kansas City Royals take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:15 p.m.

Presenting Sponsor: 

With your generous support and participation at SportsFest, we will continue to provide life-changing programs and opportunities to the youth who need us most. Your support will have immediate impact on Club members’ physical and mental well-being, and long-term impact on their understanding of teamwork, discipline, and responsibility. Your support will change lives.

Research has shown that children dedicated to sports are less likely to use drugs, and more likely to make better health choices.

Click HERE for sponsorship or ticket information.

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!

June 29 – September 5 – Build-A-Bear Workshop stores
Tuesday, August 15- Panera Leawood
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
Check out the many other partners supporting Boys & Girls Clubs across the country this back-to-school season!

NBC and Telemundo stations in New York City and Chicago and Comcast NBCUniversal regional offices are hosting school supply drives and partnering with Clubs to ensure that kids receive the supplies they need to start the school year off right.

Aug. 8 to Sept. 5, Lowe’s invites customers to help build great futures by making a checkout donation to Boys & Girls Clubs at any of its 1,700+ U.S. stores.

Three 2017 Toyota Sienna Minivans are traveling the country this summer collecting school supplies for Boys & Girls Clubs, part of BGCA Back2School Stuff the Bus – Powered by Toyota. The vans will be donated to three lucky and deserving Boys & Girls Clubs at summer’s end.

Donate a backpack, school supplies or cash gift to Boys & Girls Clubs at a Gap or Gap Factory Store from July 17 to Aug. 27 and receive 10% savings on top of any other offers! Activation dates vary per market. Check your local store for details.

Donate $1, $3 or $5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at any Old Navy store or from July 27 to Aug. 7 to support big dreams and bigger opportunities for the next generation.

From Aug. 10 to Oct. 8, customers can round up their purchase to the nearest dollar at any Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus, and Wheel Works tire and automotive service centers to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Throughout October, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate $1 from every pinup sold, and 100% of proceeds for each limited-edition wristband purchased in-restaurant, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition, $1 from every in-restaurant signature sauce or seasoning bottle sold will support BGCA’s ALL STARS sports program.

Build-A-Bear Workshop guests can support Clubs by adding a donation to their in-store or online purchase through Sept. 5. Build-A-Bear will also donate 20,000 furry friends to Clubs to celebrate its 20th anniversary and National Teddy Bear Day.

Customers can visit during back-to-school season and make a donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. On July 11, Family Dollar will share its Back2School anthem on Facebook as performed by Lyricism 101 Club members!

Select Cedar Fair parks are supporting back-to-school season by engaging park guests during the summer and partnering with local Clubs throughout the school year.

Visit your local Friendly’s location on Sunday, July 16 (National Ice Cream Day) and purchase a Friend-z, and $2 from each purchase will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Kids Foot Locker is Going Big for Great Futures as it hosts an in-store and online ( donation program nationwide where customers can donate $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5.

Find out more information about additional partners below!

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. / Carson’s
Raymour & Flanigan
Power Crunch
Pilot Pen

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.