Attention all parents and guardians. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Club locations will be closed from Thursday, May 25 to Friday, June 2. During this time, Club staff will be participating in professional development and training. Clubs will reopen for the launch of our Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program at 7:00 AM on Monday, June 6. CLICK HERE or call (816) 361-3600 for more information on Atomic Blast or to get your child enrolled.
(Pictured left to right – Damon Bryant, Joey Smith, Dave Smith, Charles Porter and Dr. Gerald Woods (on behalf of Jack Woods))
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (BGCGKC) honored five outstanding Alumni Hall of Fame inductees during the Clubs’ Graduation Celebration in April.
Willie Arthur Smith – Alumni of the Year
Charles Porter – Sports Alumni of the Year
Jack Woods (posthumously) – Sports Alumni of the Year
Damon Bryant – Service Alumni of the Year
Joey Smith – Service Alumni of the Year
According to a Harris Interactive survey, 57 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni said “the Club saved my life.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Alumni Hall of Fame program serves as a means of recognizing, preserving and honoring the more than 100 year legacy of the Clubs. The Hall of Fame’s mission is to recognize contributions embodied in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ motto: “Great Futures Start Here.”
Inductees are former members or volunteers of the Boys Club, Boys & Girls Clubs or any of its affiliates, who have made positive contributions to youth, the community and have achieved success in their careers. A closer examination of the 2017 inductees into Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Alumni Hall of Fame proves the Club does indeed create Great Futures.
“We can all share the sense of pride that comes with knowing our Clubs produce so many successful leaders,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City President and Club Alumnus, Dave Smith. “Their stories are very different, but all start out the same – with life-changing programs, caring and attentive staff, and the fun and safety of a local Boys & Girls Club.”
Click Here for more information on the inductees and the Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
LEOPOLD gallery, in Brookside, is teaming up with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City to raise monies for us this spring. In April and May they are donating 25% of all print sales of the World Series Mural they did for the Royals. Click HERE to buy yours online or drop by their great space at 63rd and Wornall. The painting was done by William Rose.
All the players and coaches have acquired canvases for their homes, including Eric Hosmer, Salvador Pérez, Alex Gordon, Ned Yost—and over 500 fans. Get yours before the editions sell out! The mural has been praised by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and of course legions of Kansas Citians. Each signed, limited edition print is made of archival materials.
Selected among ten outstanding youth at a gala luncheon in Jefferson City, Missouri, KaeShawn S. has been named the Missouri Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary teen in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. As the Missouri Youth of the Year, KaeShawn will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive $6,000 in college scholarships and will go on to compete for the regional Youth of the Year title, ultimately vying for the national title. The gala luncheon, attended by local Youth of the Year winners from across the state, is the culmination of months of hard work, community service, and speech and essay preparation by Missouri’s youth.
Click here to learn more about KaeShawn and the Youth of the Year Program.