BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY SPORTSFEST LUNCHEON FEATURES A CONVERSATION WITH LEGENDARY SPORTS FIGURE HERSCHEL WALKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2016

For Interviews or More Information:
Sharon Cleaver, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Phone:  816-462-0136 Mobile: 816-674-3721
Email Address:scleaver@helpKCkids.org / Web site:  www.helpKCkids.org

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY SPORTSFEST LUNCHEON FEATURES A CONVERSATION WITH LEGENDARY SPORTS FIGURE HERSCHEL WALKER

A Fundraiser to Help Youth Sports Programs

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 17, 2016) – The Kansas City Royals are teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to bring Herschel Walker to town in support of the Clubs’ youth sports programs. Heisman Trophy winning, professional football player, sprinter, Olympic bobsledder and mixed martial artist, Herschel Walker is the featured guest at the Clubs’ second annual SportsFest Luncheon, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at North Club – Arrowhead Stadium.

One of seven children from a blue collar family, Walker, who as a child was overweight, overcame childhood obesity and a speech impediment to find success both on and off the field – and the result was life-changing.

In addition to featuring a question and answer session with Herschel Walker, the Clubs will honor Dayton Moore, Kansas City Royals Senior VP-Baseball Operations/General Manager, with the John J. ‘Buck’ O’Neil Diamond MVP Award. This award is presented annually to the Clubs sports programs’ Most Valuable Player in tribute to Buck O’Neil’s leadership, perseverance, and support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Past honorees include Julia Irene Kauffman (accepting on behalf of Muriel McBrien Kauffman and Ewing Kauffman), Jim Nutter, Jr., the Kansas City Royals, Jean & Don Wagner, Ryan Lefebvre, Major League Baseball, Jill & Tom Turner, Coach Don Motley and Bonnie & Herb Buchbinder.

Moore, a graduate from George Mason University with a degree in physical education and health, has a long history of dedication to youth in sports including support for the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Clubs’ RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. In 2013, Moore started the “C” You In the Major Leagues Foundation. It was created to support youth baseball, education, families in crisis and faith-based programs and organizations. More recently, Moore championed the effort to develop the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy at Parade Park.

The SportsFest Luncheon helps to fund the nearly 2,000 children and youth targeted to participate this year in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s  Sports LAB (Lifestyle, Attitude, Behavior), youth sports program.  Sports LAB includes ten formal sports leagues for Club members, which include swimming, baseball and softball (RBI), basketball, football, wrestling, soccer, weight training, track & field, volleyball, and golf, plus healthy lifestyles programming and exposure to careers in the sports and health industries.  100 percent of the proceeds from the SportsFest Luncheon will stay right here in the community and help local youth all year long.

“The benefits of youth participating in team sports are often taken for granted,” said David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.  “Many of us grew up involved in sports, which helped shape us into who we are today. It taught us teamwork, the value of hard work and fair play.”

For many youth, however, developmental or competitive sports are not easily accessible. Expense and transportation problems are often barriers to children from low income households participating in physical activities. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ multitude of affordable and quality sports programs, are an important resource in helping youth develop and maintain a more physically, mentally, and emotionally fit lifestyle.

Featuring  lunch, a silent auction and a conversation with the legendary sports figure, Herschel Walker, SportsFest guests will also each receive tickets to the Royals vs. Cleveland Indians game at “The K” that afternoon.

To find out more or to purchase an individual ticket or sponsorship, call 816-361-3600 or email events@helpKCkids.org. You can also find information online at www.helpKCkids.org.  Missouri tax credits are available.

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

For more than one hundred years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to nearly 1,000 area youth each day.  Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to play baseball or softball – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids

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