Mayor James Encourages Local Youth to Register for Mayor’s Nights 2014

May 1, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Today, Mayor Sly James, members of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, and Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, Mark McHenry, encouraged local youth to register for Mayor Night’s activities including Club KC, Night Hoops, Night Kicks, and Night Nets.  Club KC began in June of 2012 when the City proactively designed summer programming in safe venues for local young people. This summer, the City is investing approximately $750,000 total in Mayor’s Night programming, including Club KC.

Club KC will run for 12 weeks, starting on May 23rd at the following locations and times:

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS

Brush Creek  Community Center – Every Friday & Saturday night this summer (closed July 4)
Hillcrest Community Center – Some Friday nights & every Saturday night this summer (closed July 4 please see calendar at kcmayor.org/mayorsnights).
Kansas City North Community Center – One event on July 18.
Arts Tech – June 6, June 27, July 11, july 18, August 1.
Plaza Library – June 6, July 14, and August 9.
The Nelson Atkins Museum Art Events at Club KC- Various dates during Club KC at two high school locations. (please see calendar at kcmayor.org/mayorsnights).

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS

Gregg Klice Community Center – Every Friday & Saturday night this summer (closed July 4)
Marlborough Community Center – Every Saturday Night this summer (closed July 4)
Hickman Mills Community Center – May 30, June 6, June 13
Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday night this summer (closed July 4 & August 8)
Plaza Library – June 6, July 14, and August 9.

August 16th will mark the culmination of the summer’s Club KC activities with Sly’s Rock the Block at Union Station.

In addition to Club KC, the Parks and Recreation Department will continue the successful Mayor’s Night Hoops, Night Kicks, and Night Nets. These programs provide excellent opportunities for young people to participate in athletics and learn life skills through complementary educational programming.

Mayor’s Nights Hoops
June 11-August 9 | Wed-Sat | 6 p.m.-Midnight
Location: Southeast Community Center, Brush Creek Community Center, Tony Aguirre Community Center, Gregg Klice Community Center, Kansas City North Community Center, and Hillcrest Community Center

Mayor’s Nights Kicks
June 13 – August 1 | Friday 6 p.m.-Midnight (High School/Adults) & Saturday 5pm-11pm (Middle School)
Location: 9th and Van Brunt Athletic Fields

Mayor’s Nights Nets
June 13 – August 1| Friday | 6-10 p.m.
Location: Kansas City North Community Center

For all Mayor’s Nights tournaments:
$10 for ages 10-17 | $25 for ages 18-25
Contact Kevin Kearney at 816-513-7655 or kevin.kearney@kcmo.org

“Thanks to the collaboration with the hard-working staff at the Parks and Recreation Department, last year’s Mayor’s Nights activities served over 12,000 young people. This year, we’re taking it to the next level with an arts and culture component,” said Mayor Sly James.  “Mayor’s Nights is a group effort that shows our City’s youth that we all care about them.”

“We welcome another opportunity to partner with the Mayor’s Office by providing Kansas City Parks venues and programming for Mayor’s Nights events,” said  Mark McHenry, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.  “We look forward to another successful fun-filled summer of activities for our youth.”

All participants in Mayor’s Nights activities should register online, starting now, at kcmayor.org/mayorsnights.  Club KC participants who did not register last year should register online, starting now, at kcmayor.org/mayorsnights.

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152