This Month at the Clubs – June 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

Atomic Blast is Helping Kids Blast Off to Academic Success

On June 5, nearly 2,200 local kids BLASTED OFF with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program. In addition to the Clubs’ six Unit locations, this year the Clubs partnered with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) to bring the program to ten additional KCPS school sites! The summer enrichment program focuses on academic success and helping young students in grades K-6 to increase and/or maintain their literacy and reading scores. Through this partnership we are broadening educational resources and community support.

For our kindergartners, this was their first time attending school and they were just as excited as their parents! The more experienced students arrived with energy and great attitudes ready to enjoy the summer fun and meet new friends. We are now entering the fourth week and students have enjoyed many activities, such as Fun Fridays, raffle prizes, bingo and board games, all while learning critical thinking, math, and literacy and comprehension skills.

The six-week school site program runs through July 14th with the Club site program running nine weeks, through August 5th.

Club Teens Making College Visits

Club teens visit the University of Central Missouri.

College exposure through campus visits is a major component to ensuring our teen members achieve academic success. Last summer, teen members toured more than 30 college campuses! Only three weeks into summer 2017 and our teens have already made 15 college visits, including a visit to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO and an overnight visit to Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.  At Missouri State our teens stayed in the dormitory to experience “dorm life”, toured the university, learned about the college admission processes and reviewed college level course requirements.

By participating in college tours, our members are better equipped to make informed decisions when researching post-secondary options.

Volunteer Spotlight – Henderson Engineers

Olathe Club youth field day

Mixing rules with imagination is the guiding principle at Henderson Engineers! Henderson Engineers’ staff used that principle to create field day events that our Olathe Unit members would not forget. The volunteers “engineered” an obstacle course, tug of war, and fitness Simon-says games. To say our members enjoyed the field day is an understatement. Thank you, Henderson Engineers, for the fantastic field day!

 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, July 25-  Chipotle Plaza 

Tuesday, August 15- Panera Leawood

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



Earlier this month, our great friends at Zahner directed proceeds from their company golf outing to support the Clubs. Additionally, Zahner has served as a generous sponsor of our Kids Night Out event annually and their employees are frequent volunteers at our J & D Wagner Unit where they work with our members on STEM centered programs and projects.

Thank you, Zahner,  for all that you do to support our impact!