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Girl Power!

It is no secret that Kansas City is a sports town. From high school to collegiate to professional and recreational baseball, football, soccer, hockey, and other sports, athletic events are an integral part of our cultural landscape.

For decades, the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation has worked to promote the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports in the bi-state region. In 1994m it founded an organization geared toward sports and fitness – The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC).

Empowerment through physical fitness

Lenexa resident Kathy Nelson was recently named president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation and previously served at the executive director of WIN for KC.

WIN for KC is designed to empower girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. Since its founding, it had become one of the largest and most well-respected initiatives of it kid on the country, engaging thousands of girls and women to use physical fitness as a vehicle to help achieve a fulfilling life.

The organization believes everyone has an inner athlete, but athleticism alone is not a measure of fitness.

“Being and athlete starts with a mindset, confidence, and willingness to try new things,” says Nelson. “The result is a healthier, happier, ad more empowered life which can be realized at home, work and in our community. The most important thing about [our] mission is that it is changing girls’ lives. There is so much data that shows the importance of being physically fit and active which includes emotional, mental and physical benefits, especially for girls and women.”

To illustrate, Nelson points to a 2001 study by the Women’s Sports Foundation indicating that girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being, than those who do not.

Those findings correlate with research conducted by WIN for KC showing that sports empower females with the confidence to compete throughout life; contribute to the likelihood that girls will graduate from high school, stay off drugs, and experience a higher level of self-esteem; teach how to play, win, and lose—invaluable lessons that level the playing fields of life; and help reduce the risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and other women’s health issues.

Everyone is a “WINner”

WIN for KC holds a variety of events and opportunities throughout the year that generate support and bring awareness to the organization.

The organizations signature your event is Camp WIN, a four-day gathering for girls ages 6 to 12 that introduces up to 14 different sports.

“This summer camp is not about improving one’s jump shot or backhand swing, or mastering a sport,” explains Nelson. “It’s about introducing girls to a variety of sports and fitness activities they may enjoy and use to stay active.”

The summer camp’s “Live Active” curriculum focuses on topics like goal setting, teamwork, resilience and leadership.

The Women’s Triathlon is an annual WIN for KC event that last year attracted 1,000 women.

“The triathlon is an amazing experience for everyone involved – participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors,” Nelson says. “Almost half of the participants are first-time triathletes, and it is very inspiring to watch women who may not have thought they could ever complete a triathlon cross the finish line.”

Other upcoming events include the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration, held in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which recognizes local girls and women for their community contributions and sports achievements. This year’s special guest speaker is World Cup soccer player Abby Wambach. The WIN for KC Reading and Fitness Challenge is for 3rd to 8th grade students who read at least 12 books and complete two fitness logs. This year’s winners will receive tickets to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.

Although Win for KC is a primarily organization operating solely on private donations and sponsorships, it is dedicated to fulfilling its mission.

According to Nelson, “We work year-round to secure funding so our programming is successful and provides platforms for women and girls to be ‘WINners’ both on and off the field.”

For more information about WIN for KC, visit www.winforkc.org

Article courtesy of Lysa Allmas-Baldin,

435 South Magazine

The Fresh Beat Band from Nickelodeon!

The Fresh Beat Band’s LIVE Show is coming to Kansas City’s Midland Theatre on February 24th.  The Show is a HUGE hit and sold out early.  The kids love the lively music and band members and parents love that the kids are learning while they’re singing along.  The Fresh Beat Band is a live-action preschool musical sitcom set to original pop songs with preschool-friendly lyrics. Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout are the Fresh Beats–four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. Awesome Kansas City event for kids and families!

While the Show is SOLD OUT, we do have a few more family 4 packs to give away!  Get in on the scavenger hunt and you might WIN some of these hot tix from iFamilyKC 🙂










About The Cast:

Jon Beavers plays “Twist” on Nickelodeon’s live-action preschool music series The Fresh Beat Band.  Born in Iowa City, Beavers’ career began in Maui, HI under the guidance of acclaimed teachers and directors Sue Ann Loudon and John Langs.  In addition to appearing on Foxs Malcolm in the Middle, Beavers’ theater credits in Los Angeles include working with Dan Bonnell and Neal Labute on Bash at The Odyssey.  He’s traveled with select members of the company for a run at Les Dechargeurs in Paris and has also worked with Bonnell on Headless Forest.  Beavers has performed regionally for Maui On Stage, Seattle Shakespeare Company and numerous theaters in New York.

Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer plays “Kiki” on Nickelodeon’s live-action preschool music series The Fresh Beat Band.  Born and raised in Miami, of Cuban heritage, this vivacious multi-talent has set out to take the world by storm and has not stopped ever since.  Gonzalez-Nacer recently played the role of Vanessa in Broadway’s first national tour of In the Heights (2008 Tony Award for Best Musical).  Other television credits include Guiding Light, 7th Heaven, The Wedding Bells, Boston Public and Boston Legal.  She originated the role of Joy Costa in the new musical, Roller Derby at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and won a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Female Lead in San Diego REP’s world premiere of Corridos Remix.  Being a versatile singer, she was cast in the first national tour as one of the titled stars of Marion J. Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas.  Some of her regional credits include the west coast premiere of Four Guys Named Jose & Una Mujer Named Maria at International City Theatre, West Side Story and Cabaret at Sacramento Music Circus, Much Ado About Nothing, You Cant Take It With You, Stage Door, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings and Pride & Prejudice.

Thomas Hobson plays “Shout” on Nickelodeon’s live-action preschool music series The Fresh Beat Band.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hobson began acting at the age of six.  Since that time he has appeared in numerous television shows, films, commercials and plays. His credits include roles in the movies Set Apart and Bar Starz, starring Charlie Murphy, and leading roles in Clubhouse Detectives, Fox Family Channel’s Michael Jordan: An American Hero and Disney’s Movie Surfers.  He has also had recurring roles on Step by Step and A Different World.  After graduating from high school, Hobson attended Yale University and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Studies.  While attending Yale, he worked in both the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs, playing such roles as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus, Jon in Stephen Belber’s Tape and Eddie in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love.

Tara Perry stars as “Marina” on Nickelodeon’s preschool music series The Fresh Beat Band.  Perry is a dynamic and diverse actress/comedian from Jonesboro, Arkansas. She has appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, done voiceover work in cartoons, acted in a number of independent films, and a few national commercials.  Tara hosted over 40 episodes of the online show “The Movie Maven” on Mania.com where upcoming feature films are discussed and reviewed.  Tara is also part of a few popular Los Angeles based Improv groups including Big Bennessy and Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em. She has studied with Lesly Kahn, the Groundlings, IO West, and Upright Citizens Brigade.