Effort to outpace poverty gets Bishop Miege’s Tim Grunard as honorary chair

Poverty in Kansas City has a new opponent, Tim Grunard, one of Kansas City’s best known football players. Grunard will serve as honorary chair for Outpace Poverty, a 5K walk event at Liberty Memorial on June 21. Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is the event sponsor.
Grunard is currently offensive line coach at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, where he also coached after retiring from the NFL in 2000. He coached the offensive line for two seasons at the University of Kansas. Grunard played center for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1990-2000,
“Tim is a natural fit for us and for Outpace Poverty,” said Vincent Anch, Catholic Charities Foundation Executive Director. “He is all about family and community and so are we. We’re grateful he’s supporting our work – empowering families and people from all walks of life to find a way out of poverty – at such a great summer event.”

T-Bones hold upbeat media day; Thursday is season opener

The Kansas City T-Bones held their annual Media Day Monday at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.  The T-Bones have a new manager and 22 new players this year.

Reviewing the off-season changes, Chris Browne, Vice-President and General Manager of the club said the biggest change was hiring manager John Massarelli. “The ownership group and I sat down and wanted to find a coach with a history of winning, so we were excited to bring John on board.”

Massarelli is also pleased to be managing the T-Bones. “Chris Browne found me in Ohio and I knew Kansas City was a quality organization so I’m excited to be here…. I’ve had 27 years of professional experience and have managed 13 different teams.”

“We have a better roster with better athletes. … “Danny Richar and Vladimir Frias will be keys defensively. Their defense up the middle will really help our pitchers.”

“I don’t think we have a power guy that will lead the league in home runs, but I think we could have five or six guys in the top ten in home runs.”

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far.” Massarelli continued, “ It’s been great since I arrived in Kansas City about 10 days ago. Our guys are very athletic and versatile. We’ve got some good characters on and off the field. The early report is good on this team.”

According to Browne, “Kansas City can look forward to some more fun well done. There will be the nightly promotions and giveaways that fans have come to expect, as well as some new giveaways, too.

Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty will appear at the Park June 5, and Jose Canseco will be here August 3 for a home-run contest.

After home exhibition games Monday and Tuesday night, the T-Bones open the 2014 regular season on Thursday, May 15, against Lincoln at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are available by calling 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.