FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 23, 2017
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
Larmar Hunt, Jr. and Kansas City Mavericks Awarded the John J. ‘Buck’ O’Neil Diamond MVP Award
The award is presented annually to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Most Valuable Player in tribute to Buck’s leadership and perseverance.
Kansas City, Mo – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City proudly announces the recipient of its 2017 John J. ‘Buck’ O’Neil Diamond MVP Award, Larmar Hunt, Jr. and Kansas City Mavericks. 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’s healthy lifestyles and youth sports programs.
“We are proud to honor the outstanding commitment and dedication Lamar Hunt, Jr. and the Kansas City Mavericks have to the kids of Kansas City,” said David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “Their partnership and support allow us to make a real difference in the lives of more than 1,000 kids who enjoy sports programs at the Clubs every day.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City established the John J. ‘Buck’ O’Neil Diamond MVP Award in 2006, inspired by a man who exemplified the highest ideals of civic pride, passion for life and commitment to youth. Truly an American hero, Buck O’Neil’s eloquence, grace and genuine love for people captured the hearts and imaginations of kindred spirits worldwide. The Clubs presented the award to Buck that first year and he inspired everyone with his warm, heartfelt wishes for the kids in the Kansas City community. Subsequent recipients 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, Bonnie & Herb Buchbinder, and Dayton Moore.
Lamar Hunt, Jr. is the owner of the Kansas City Mavericks professional hockey team. He is also founder of Loretto Properties, LLC, a real estate investment company specializing in the operation and management of residential properties, as well as Loretto Foundation, LLC, a private charitable organization founded to help build strong families and support communities.
Throughout his life, Hunt, Jr. has made it his goal to use all that he has to do all that he can to give back to the communities that have meant so much to him. In addition to Boys & Girls Clubs, he contributes to many other charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Read Across America. Hunt, Jr. and his wife, Rita reside in Leawood, Kansas, where they spend as much time as they can with their nine children and eight grandchildren.
The Kansas City Mavericks are members of the ECHL—the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League in North America. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks are entering their ninth season in team history at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena; their first season after rebranding to the Kansas City Mavericks. Lamar Hunt, Jr. was announced as the owner of the Mavericks on February 6, 2015.
The Mavericks won the Brabham Cup after posting a league-leading record of 52-15-5 during the 2015-16 ECHL season and have been honored with multiple community and league awards, including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award, the Bud Poile Governors’ Cup (CHL), and the CHL Franchise of the Year Award for four consecutive seasons. The Mavericks host the Clubs’ annual Dinner on Ice event in the fall.
Lamar Hunt, Jr. and the Kansas City Mavericks accepted the John J. ‘Buck’ O’Neil Diamond MVP Award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s SportsFest fundraising event.
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 more than 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 basketball or swim – 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.