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Women’s Pro Basketball Returns to Kansas City

Kansas City will welcome a new professional basketball team to the area in 2016. The Kansas City Majestics, Lady Eagles will be making their debut this coming summer.

The Kansas City Majestics will be the first women’s professional basketball team since the Kansas City Mustangs (1992-1996). Keeping the tradition alive of great basketball is a passion of the head coach and co-owner of the Kansas City Majestics, Sarah Campbell. Coach Campbell was a standout basketball player for the Kansas City Mustangs as well Mizzou.

The team is a part of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. The WBCBL is the premier professional development league for women’s basketball. The league has been in operation since 2005 with over 40 teams spread throughout 9 regions. Director of Marketing for the WBCBL, Jade Tinner, is also a co-owner and player for the Kansas City Majestics. She has been a part of the WBCBL for the past 3 years.

The Lady Eagles will kick off their first home season this summer. Their season begins in May and plays thru August. They will face six other teams in the Midwest region.

For more information about tryouts and sponsorship opportunities for the Kansas City Majestics please contact them via email at or visit their Facebook page at

North Kansas City Hospital and North Kansas City YMCA Announce New Partnership

North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) is partnering with the North Kansas City YMCA to serve as the facility’s onsite medical wellness partner. Expected to open this spring, “The NKCH Wellness Corner” is an open-concept gathering space designed to bring additional health and wellness programs to YMCA members and Northland residents.

Remodeling is currently underway on the 800 square-foot Wellness Corner, located adjacent to the North Kansas City YMCA’s Welcome Center. Updates include a more open floor plan and a work station for a NKCH registered nurse, who will provide complimentary health and wellness screenings, advice and risk assessments to Y members Wednesday and Friday mornings. Comfortable seating to accommodate health educational classes and other gatherings, complete with complimentary coffee and tea is also planned for the space.

The monthly Lunch and Learn Series hosted by the North Kansas City Y featuring NKCH physicians and healthcare professionals will continue to be free and open to the public.

Through a partnership with the City of North Kansas City, the Y began operating the former North Kansas City Community Center as the North Kansas City YMCA in January 2015.

Hillcrest Platte County Receives 
Daily Point of Light Award

Volunteering gives hope in an unsure world, and the national Point of Light program has honored Hillcrest Platte County’s stellar volunteers for their commitment and hard work.

This award is meaningful to the individuals Hillcrest Platte County’s program assists, the organization’s leadership and most of all, the volunteers. Hillcrest Thrift Shop is a volunteer-driven organization, with approximately 400 volunteers who give back each month, ranging from retirees to children. Hillcrest Platte Thrift Shop is always looking for more volunteers to help in an assortment of thrift shop departments, such as linens, 
electronics, shoes and toys.

Hillcrest Platte County operates two thrift shops that help fund their mission of helping homeless working adults and families renew their lives. Hillcrest Platte County operates 44 apartments that are offered rent/utility free to those who agree to follow program standards. In exchange, they must work full-time, attend required classes on subjects such as budgeting and life skills and adhere to program guidelines.

The Point of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The organization was created in 1993 by President George H.W. Bush to honor exceptional volunteers, which he referred to as “points of light.” A nominee is selected based on outstanding volunteer service. For every business day a new award recipient is chosen. Since its inception, the Daily Point of Light has honored over 5,000 volunteer based organizations. It is truly an honor to be awarded the Daily Point of Light out of the sea of 250,000 service projects operating per year.

For housing information and assistance visit or call North Platte at 816.431.6914 or South Platte at 816.587.9037. 
Hillcrest Platte Thrift Shop is always looking for more volunteers.

Park Hill Earns Missouri 
Quality Award

Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd announced recently that the Park Hill School District received the Missouri Quality Award for the second time.

Park Hill was the first school district to earn this distinction when they received it in 2009, and they are now the only district in the history of this award to earn it twice.

The Missouri Quality Award recognizes an organization’s commitment to meeting its customers’ needs and to using the best-available processes for everything it does. This award is aligned with the exacting standards of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Park Hill’s processes align with these standards, which the Excellence in Missouri Foundation determined by carefully reviewing our district application and conducting a thorough site visit of our schools.

The Missouri Quality Award demonstrates to the Park Hill community the world-class level of excellence that our schools are achieving.

It also comes with a detailed report from the site-visit team, which will identify both strengths and opportunities for improvement. As we did last time, Park Hill will take that report and use it in our continuous improvement efforts.

Gladstone Theatre in the Park Announces 29th Season

The Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department, Theatre in the Park Board, and North Star Community Band are proud to announce the 29th Season of Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park Summer 2016 productions. “Damn Yankees” will be presented July 8, 9, 10. “Shrek” will be presented August 5, 6, 7. We are actively seeking all interested director candidates for both shows. Interested candidates please contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at 816.423.4088 or visit our website at Auditions for both presentations will be held at Antioch Middle School, 2100 N.E. 65th Street, on April 3rd and April 9th. Times vary depending on ages as of June 1, 2016.