Park University Names E-Sports Coach

Park University, which became the first college/university in the Kansas City area to announce that it would offer a varsity e-sports program starting with the Spring 2019 semester, has appointed Ashley Jones as its first e-sports coach. Jones began her duties at Park on Jan. 7.

Jones will oversee Park’s seven-member esports team, which includes three female student-athletes, who will compete in League of Legends via the National Association of Collegiate Esports. The University is in the process of completing construction of its Parkade, a state-of-the-art gaming area located in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground of the Parkville Campus. Parkade will serve as the home for Park’s esports program for matches and practices, as well as provide a central location for students to watch and participate in gaming-related activities.



Local Business Donates More than $1.25 million to charity

Northland business KCI Auto Auction has donated more than $1.25 million to local charities over the past six years including recent donations of more than  $183,000 to charities that serve local children and families.

For the past several years, KCI Auto Auction has been the single largest and most significant business supporter for three of the charities: Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), whose volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children who are under court protection; Camp Quality, a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer; and Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children. In addition, Fuller Center for Housing received a 2018 KCI Auto Auction donation.

KCI Auto Auction has twice been recognized by their industry for their exceptional commitment to making a difference. Named the first ever recipient of the Western Region Auto Auction of the Year award by the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) in recognition of Excellence in Community Service in 2016, they also were awarded the honor in 2018.

Local Author Visits Book Club

The Avondale United Methodist book club welcomes author LeDene Morton on March 9, as they discuss her work,The Country Club District of Kansas City. Released in 2015, The Country Club District of Kansas City reexamines J.C. Nichols grand vision through the lens of those who lived, worked, and were raised in the neighborhoods he created. The Historic Kansas City foundation honored the book with a Merit Award in 2016.

Ms. Morton has written three other books on Kansas City history. Her first book, The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character, is a look at how the retail community of the Brookside Shops has thrived for nearly a century. The Waldo Story: Home of Friendly Merchants, traces how unlikely events created one of Kansas City’s most eclectic areas. In 2017, she completed One Hundred Years’ Journey: The Greenway Fields Neighborhood, a privately commissioned work to commemorate that neighborhood’s 100th anniversary. In 2019, a revised, updated edition of The Brookside Story is being released in time to for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Brookside Shops.