This Month at the Clubs – September 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs


Tony Temple Joins BGCGKC for a Fitness Challenge


Mizzou football legend turned wellness guru, Tony Temple, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (BGCGKC), kicked off a six week challenge called the Temple Made Movement Challenge on September 12. Each week Temple and BGCGKC will share the upcoming week’s challenge via social media and followers post photos or videos with the hashtag #TMFMovementchallenge and #helpkckids.

BGCGKC’s Sports L.A.B (Lifestyle, Attitude, and Behavior) program focuses on teaching members how to make healthy choices through sports activities, chat sessions, and healthy educational experiences. The goal of the TMF Movement Challenge is to teach Club members tools for making healthier choices and to show them how to be active in any setting.

The kickoff event was held at the Wyandotte County Unit on September 12. During the event, Club teens joined Temple in exercise activities using chairs as equipment. Temple shared valuable lessons on perseverance, hard work, longevity, and the health benefits of exercise. He asked how many had family members with high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other disease, and the hands went up. “You have the power to change your future,” said Temple. “Your body will get stronger and stronger, and you will give yourself the chance to live a long and healthy life,” Temple continued, “Do you want that?”  Club members yelled back, “Yes!” Temple then replied, “Well let’s work, you are not tired, you are great, when you get tired stand up!”  At the end of the session, there were a lot of weak legs and rapid breathing, but also many smiles and high fives.

The challenge response has been inspiring. Club member participation grew from approximately 30 members in week one to more than 50 by the second week.

You are welcome to support our youth on their quest to live healthier lifestyles by participating in the TMF Movement Challenge. Weeks 3 and 4 focus on clean eating and hydration – post your photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram, or SnapChat and tag #TMFMovementchallenge and #helpkckids. Follow helpkckids on Facebook for more updates and to check in on our members’ progress.



9th Annual Dinner on Ice Coming up on November 8th

Join us for an exciting and unique evening filled with fun, great food, and entertainment. Mark your calendars and join us Wednesday, November 8, 2017 for the 9th Annual Dinner on Ice with the Kansas City Mavericks.  

If you have not experienced Dinner on Ice, you’re in for a treat! Dinner is on the floor of the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (formerly Independence Events Center), served by the Kansas City Mavericks players! The players perform dares, tricks, and challenges to earn “tips” for the Clubs.

Dinner on Ice promises to be a special evening that you won’t want to miss! Most importantly, the event helps the Clubs ensure quality and safe programs for Eastern Jackson County Club youth.

Click HERE to purchase your sponsorship or tickets today!

Presenting Sponsor:


United Healthcare Initiates Physical Activity Campaign

Members with Nerf Energy Game Kits

On Friday, September 16, United Healthcare and the New England Revolution Academy  launched a national physical activity campaign with Club members.  More than 70 Club members at the Thornberry Unit participated in an “exergaming” session involving a 45-minute soccer clinic.  A few of the participants were selected to wear Nerf Energy Game Bands to have their physical activity measured.

At the end of the clinic, Club members were greeted by four New England Revolution players: Antonio Delamea, Xavier Kouassi, Brad Knighton, and London Woodberry, who gifted all of the participants with new Nerf Energy Game kits. The Nerf Energy Game kits include an activity tracker, soccer ball and the mobile game, Energy Rush. When members participate in physical activity, the tracker will tally “energy points” that turn into screen time on the mobile game, smartphone, or tablet.

Thank you to United Healthcare, Hasbro and the New England Revolution for supporting our youth and helping them to have fun and stay active!

Remembering “Uncle Leo”

RBI players with Susan Goldman 

Leo Katz, affectionately known to his family as “Uncle Leo”, a Kansas City native and avid Kansas City Royals fan, smiled down on some of our Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) participants. In honor of his love of baseball and generous spirit, Bernie (nephew) and Sue Pucker, and Sharon (niece) and Elliott Rivo, donated 30 tickets to a Kansas City Royals game with custom t-shirts and concession money. RBI players watched the Royals play, joined by Uncle Leo’s niece and caregiver, Susan Goldman.

“He (Katz) went to the first World Series game won by the Royals in 1985 and on November 1, 2015, Uncle Leo’s good friend took him to see the Royals play and win the World Series”, said Pucker.  “The next day Uncle Leo could hardly speak because he was hoarse from yelling.”

Uncle Leo is remembered as living a humble life and doing all that he could to make others feel better. Staff at his nursing home remarked, no matter how Uncle Leo was feeling, everyone always left his presence feeling better.

Thank you to the family of Leo Katz for choosing our RBI players to share Uncle Leo’s kind spirit. Our RBI players will forever remember this great experience and the generosity displayed on Uncle Leo’s behalf.

Sania is Training with the Stars

Sania receiving her certificate of completion

At the end of August, Club member, Sania C., was invited to attend the iconic USA Swmming Foundation Performance Camp in Colorado where US Olympians swim and train. USA Swimming is the foundation that selects and trains teams for international competition, including the Olympic Games.During Sania’s visit, she received personal one-on-one training from American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones, who holds the world record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Just a few years ago, 12-year-old Sania was a shy member at the J & D Wagner Unit, who did not know how to swim, and now, she is gaining her wings in and out of the pool. Sania is continuing to improve and impress her peers and instructors, and we are anxiously awaiting her story to unfold as a 2020 Olympic hopeful!

Club Member Outings

Club Members at Chiefs game, Lowes and Disney On Ice

One of the perks of being a Club member is the amazing field trips and experiences. Studies have shown, in addition to educational enrichment, field trips help to deepen education by experiencing new things in new environments.  As reported in, field trips are experiences that can be recalled and useful long after a visit.

This past month our youth enjoyed trips to Disney on Ice, a Chiefs football game, Royals baseball games, and a visit to Lowe’s Home Improvement store.experiences that can be recalled and useful long after a visit.

Thank you to our great partners and friends who make these and the many memorable trips that our youth participate in possible with your support and generosity!

“Let the Swimming Begin!”


Hooray!  Club members can swim in the pool every week day! Because of generous donors, the pool at our Thornbery Unit received a $300,000 renovation last year and is open year-round for swimming classes.

Swimming instruction is taught by certified swimming instructors and proper care and supervision is given to ensure that children are trained on water safety and how to stay warm and dry once instruction is done.

Interested? Please contact our Thornberry Unit at 816-861-6300 for more information or to register your child today.

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!

Saturday, October 28- Olathe Charities 5Kselect the Clubs as your charity of choice when registering

Tuesday, November 14- Kendra Scott Plaza

Tuesday, December 12- Raising Cane’s Westport

Sponsor Spotlight

 allstate foundation

Thank you to our great partners at the Allstate Foundation for their renewed investment in our Teen Program, which empowers our teen members to plan for and pursue great post-secondary aspirations. Along with a generous grant made recently, the Allstate Foundation and local Allstate agents and employees will participate in a Helping Hands Day on October 14 at our Olathe and Thornberry Units where they will take on several beautification projects with our teens to keep our Clubs vibrant and fun.