Thank You From Mayor Sly James
I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to a number of people who helped make the Mayors Nights program a huge success in 2013. Back in May we got together to discuss the launch of the program. We announced 4 additional weeks to ClubKC and introduced some new features to the program including the Mayors Nights VIP cards and additional locations for our young people to go. We came into this with high expectations. The goal from the very beginning has been to give young people a safe and fun summer alternative. The young people spoke. We listened. They told us they needed somewhere to go. They needed something to do. This program is a large operation and by all accounts it has been a huge success.
When you are seeing 12 week attendance numbers hitting near the 12,000 mark, you know it takes a lot of people doing their part to make it a success.
So I want to thank Kansas City Parks and Recreation for partnering with us again this year. Everyone from the board to the community center staff stepped up and did their part to see that we provided quality programming for Kansas City youth.
I am thankful to Mark McHenry and the members of the Parks Board for their partnership.
I also would like to thank KCPD for the role they played and for continuing to help us make the program a safe one for our youth.
I would like to thank our generous donors, especially Kansas City Power & Light, Waddell & Reed and the G. Kenneth and Ann K Baum Charitable Trust, who understood the need, and answered the call for summer youth programming in Kansas City.
A very special thank you to our state Senator Kiki Curls for helping secure $100,000 in state funding for this program along with the Mo. Department of Public Safety.
I also want to say thanks to my staff, who has been hard at work all year long and have already begun looking at ways we can improve the program in 2014.
And to our Club KC vendors, KC Hoops & Guadalupe Centers.
Our Night Hoops vendor, KC Keys.
Our Night Kicks vendor, Mattie Rhodes
And Night Nets vendor, Carlos Newton.
And to all the kids who made the decision to get involved with the program, for coming out each night and for telling their friends about it – a huge thanks to all of you.
To the parents – thanks for telling your kids about Mayors Nights and encouraging them to attend.
I would like to thank Dr. Green & Dr. Carpenter, for showing their support for the program. The youth of Kansas City are a top priority. Where we go as a City, largely depends on how we prepare our youth to lead us there. Our local educators play a large roll in that. They help us identify positive things for kids to get involved in and they help us spread the word about them.
So again, thank you to everyone who made this program a success this year. I am as committed as ever to helping the youth of our City get involved with positive activities that create a brighter future for them and a better Kansas City for us all. We are looking forward to the program in 2014 and hope that all involved will join us again.
Sylvester “Sly” James
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri