KCKCC offering three weeks of free baseball camps to youth

by Alan Hoskins
Three weeks of free baseball camps for youngsters 9 to 12 years of age will be provided at Kansas City Kansas Community College this summer.

“Thanks to a generous donation from a member of the Kansas City Men’s Senior Baseball League, we are able to offer the 2014 KCKCC Baseball Camp free of charge,” said head coach Steve Burleson.

The camps will be offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for three consecutive weeks beginning June 16. The dates are June 16-18, June 23-25 and June 30-July 2. The camps will begin promptly at 9 a.m. each day and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Supervision of campers will continue until noon each day for pickup.

Designed for players and families who have already made a commitment to summer baseball, only youngsters 9 to 12 years of age will be accepted and the number of spaces is limited.

“We are limiting the number of campers to maximize the amount of individual attention for each participant,” Burleson said. “Also, to get the optimum benefit, we are encouraging campers to attend all nine days. If we can work with them for nine days, you will notice a change in their approach to baseball and their approach to life.”

Interested parents need to send the name of the player, the player’s age and the player’s parents contact name and telephone number to Steve Burleson at burleson@kckcc.edu or by calling 913-288-7156.

KCKCC recruit to play in Kansas All-Star soccer game

by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s newest soccer recruit is headed for the Kansas Senior All-Star Game.
Colin Dujakovich, a senior at Shawnee Mission North, has been selected to play in the prestigious soccer all-star contest to be played June 21 in Wichita.
In addition to being an outstanding soccer player, Dujakovich is a standout track and field performer, competing in this year’s state meet in the open 800 meters and running a leg on the 4×800 relay team.
“We are very excited about the addition of Colin to the Blue Devil family,” said assistant coach Burke Slusher. “Colin has all the tools every team is looking for and we look forward to watching him play in the Senior All-Star Game.”

AT&T to be recognized as presenting sponsor for KCKCC Endowment’s gala event

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association is in the planning stages for its first gala event this fall. One piece of the puzzle is already in place in the form of a Presenting Sponsor.

AT&T has committed $13,000 to the Endowment Association’s scholarship fund, and will be recognized as the Presenting Sponsor at the 4.0 Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lake Quivira. Patrick McCartney, executive director of the Endowment Association, said the commitment is a big step in the planning process.

“They (AT&T) really stepped up to help us,” he said. “This is the first time the college has ever done an event like this before. This signifies to the community this is a major event and will allow us to get other corporate supporters to step up and join us.”

Mike Scott, vice president-external affairs of AT&T Kansas, said AT&T wanted to become involved with the Endowment Association’s gala because supporting education is a major focus for the company. He said AT&T seeks to help students succeed not only in school, but in the workforce and in life.

“AT&T has been involved with KCKCC on a variety of initiatives because they help create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs, which strengthens Kansas communities as well as our company,” Scott said. “At AT&T, our company has long held this core value – we do not simply support our communities. We are members of them, too. That’s why for more than a century we have helped shape those communities in countless ways – from our investment in our networks to our local philanthropic contributions and volunteer efforts.”

In addition to AT&T, Capitol Federal has signed on as a $10,000 sponsor. McCartney said the gala will serve as a “major fundraising effort” for the college. He said not only will the funds raised support the college, but will directly support students through scholarship opportunities. In addition to a dinner, there will be a live and silent action and the Wyandotte Countian of the Year and a Distinguished Alumni Award will also be given.

“We hope to continue this event and grow it into a major fundraiser for KCKCC,” he said.

AT&T is also serving as the Title Sponsor for the KCKCC Endowment Association’s Scholarship Scramble. The scramble is June 19 at the Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. The fee is $150 per player or $600 for a four person team. Pricing includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner, two drink tickets, a goodie bag, $10 pro shop gift card and a Longest Drive and Putting Contest. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsorships or to register, contact Dawanna Fangohr at 913-288-7641 or by email at dfangohr@kckcc.edu.

“For many years, AT&T has proudly supported a wide variety of program and projects at KCKCC. Like AT&T’s $10,000 contribution in 2011 to support scholarships for students enrolled in Adult Education Program, these initiatives are all part of AT&T’s long-standing commitment to education,” Scott said. “AT&T will continue to support education in a myriad of ways. By continuing to work together, we can make an exponential impact on education.”