Former Chief Shields to hold free football camp for Wyandotte County youth

With a Kansas City Chiefs victory in the team’s first pre-season game, what better way to follow up than with one of its all-time stars teaching area youth about the game of football?

Tonight, Friday, Aug. 8, and tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 9, former Chiefs All-Pro Guard Will Shields is holding a free football training camp in conjunction with the Kansas City United Football League and the Wyandotte County Panthers. The camp is being held at Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, in Kansas City, Kan.

More than 200 youth from the area are expected to participate in the two-day camp. Thanks to an NFL Foundation grant, all fees have been covered allowing youth to participate at no cost.

Camp sessions are Friday evening, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (a lunch break will take place from noon-1 p.m.)

Shields and his staff will conduct the camp with professional athletic trainers on-site to assure safety requirements are followed. The camp is designed for both youth involved in organized sports activities and for those who just want to be active. Camp activities will focus on agility, lower body mobility, change of direction speed and jumping/landing techniques, strength, balance and flexibility. Strength, speed, cardiovascular capacity, flexibility, power and leadership skills training will be provided to all participants. In addition, Shields’ program is aimed at building character, physical and mental champions. Activities will also include vertical jump, long jump, 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle and more.

Since retiring from the Chiefs, Shields has focused on enhancing youth athletic training for many years. In addition to his Will to Succeed Foundation that has helped thousands of children and women in the metro area, Shields is forming a new foundation- The Will To Do It. This new foundation will focus on providing sports training to underprivileged youth; it is one of many programs administered by 68’s Inside Sports Academy. The facility is located at 9111 Flint St., Overland Park, Kan.

Shields has been recognized for his charitable efforts through numerous awards including his selection as the 2003 recipient of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the Class of 2011 College Football Hall of Fame and as the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2010 Man of the Year award. Shields is also a recent inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. All of these honors recognize Shields’ success both on and off the field.

Job fair today at Sporting Park

A job fair is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. today, Aug. 7, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The job fair is for food and beverage positions through the Delaware North Companies.

Available positions include beer vendors, stand attendants, utility workers, porters, barbacks, cooks, bartenders and concession supervisors.

Interested candidates must be at least 18 to apply; they must be 21 to sell alcoholic beverages. Parking for the job fair is in Lot D, and applicants may enter through the security entrance on the east side of the stadium.

Seven-year coaching veteran new KCKCC men’s basketball assistant

Joe McKinstry

by Alan Hoskins
A coach with seven years of experience as an assistant coach at the collegiate level is the new assistant men’s basketball coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

A 1999 graduate of Oak Park High School, Joe McKinstry joins head coach Kelley Newton at the helm of the Blue Devil basketball program.

McKinstry comes to KCKCC from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he played four years and been assistant coach the last seven years.

“Joe McKinstry’s background and experience will be a great asset in moving our program forward,” Newton said. “That experience will help me as coach and our players in becoming better players. We feel very fortunate in getting a coach with his experience.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity and happy to be here,” McKinstry said. “I know there will be a definite transition to community college and I can’t wait to get started helping build the program with Coach Newton. Being from the area and with two daughters here, I’m delighted to be back here.”

A point guard at William Penn, McKinstry finished his four years of competition as No. 5 on the all-time assist list and in the Top 10 in assists, steals and made 3-point shots. William Penn was an NCAA Division III member his first season, then moved to the NAIA Division II.

“We were 2-30 in the first year of the NAIA and by my senior year, we won 20 games for the first time in 23 years,” McKinstry said.

McKinstry became a full-time assistant after earning a degree in physical education in 2006. In his seven years as assistant, William Penn won two Midwest Collegiate Conference championships and gained the NAIA Division II national tournament four times, finishing as national runnerup in 2013 and reaching the Elite Eight this past season.