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Hospital Hill Run Foundation $25K Grant Helps Complete Funding for Kansas City Police Athletic League Renovation

IMG_0055Kansas City, MO, January 2017 – The Hospital Hill Run Foundation is pleased to announce it will present a $25,000 grant to Kansas City’s Police Athletic League (PAL) as part of the 2017 Hospital Hill Run event and celebration. KC PAL, an organization focused on creating opportunities for youth to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in cultural, mentoring and sports programs, will use the funds to help complete the renovation of the locker room and showers at their main facility.

Over the past 20 years, PAL has grown from a part-time assignment, to its own, full-time unit within the police department with several full-time, dedicated police officers who serve as coaches, mentors and often friends. For several years, PAL and its board of directors have been working with Kansas City’s business community to secure support to renovate the organizations primary facility at 1801 White Avenue in Kansas City. From adding football and baseball fields to replacing the new gym floor, the emphasis has been on creating a safe, fun and nurturing environment where kids can participate in sports, meet up with friends and get a hot meal when needed. One of the most critically important aspects of PALs programming and facility is providing access to regular, everyday amenities and services these kids may not have otherwise.

“We are thankful to the HHR Foundation for making it possible for us to update our showers,” said Sgt. Skip Cox, PAL supervisor. “We can all take the simplest things for granted at times. As we looked across all of the repairs, we realized how important it is to be able to take a shower in private. It is huge for our kids, and for some, it is an amenity they may not have otherwise.”

“We are so impressed with the work of PAL and are thrilled to support them as the beneficiary of our 2017 grant,” said Hospital Hill Run President, Mike Walden. “Its mission, and the positive impact it has on children and Kansas City as a whole, aligns perfectly with our mission to promote and support active and healthy lifestyles in the community. Having the opportunity to be part of teams and to participate in sports improves children’s self-esteem and creates a positive change in the way they think about their future. PAL is doing that, and we want to support its great work.”

What began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1.00 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course starting and ending in Crown Center has evolved into an event that regularly hosts upwards of 7,000 athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2017 event will be the 44th annual race; a race Runner’s World magazine has touted as one of the top 25 road races in the United States, taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 2 – 3, 2017. The event includes three distances, the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday night, followed by a 10K and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 10K or half marathon on Saturday, called the Hospital Hill Run Re-RUN. All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center. Also included in the weekend is a two-day health and fitness expo taking place at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party at Milano, and two post-race parties open to all. For more information regarding Hospital Hill Run, go to www.hospitalhillrun.com.

Hospital Hill Run Gives Back…
Photo Stat Sheet 2016February 17, 2017

To the Hospital Hill Foundation Board of Directors,

Thank you for your generous gift of $10,000 to WIN for KC. I am pleased to share that our Mobile Camp WIN initiative is off to a fantastic start.

WIN for KC is a division of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation that focuses exclusively on igniting the lives of women and girls through sports. WIN for KC believes that participation in sports not only leads to healthier lifestyles, but also develops lifelong skills that translate beyond the competition field.

Camp WIN is the flagship event of WIN for KC. This year we hosted our largest Camp WIN to date and we were sold out in just a few weeks. Over 600 campers ages 6-12 attended Camp WIN and learned life skills such as self-confidence, resiliency, leadership, team work, respect, determination and goal setting all while being introduced to 16 different sports.

Though 150 girls went to camp on scholarship, there are still many barriers for girls to have access to this life changing experience. Obstacles like transportation, apparel, and parent engagement. With these issues in mind, we are developing a new program we call: Mobile Camp WIN.

Mobile Camp WIN is a one day program we take to schools or community centers where volunteers deliver the Camp WIN experience. Thanks to the support of the Hospital Hill Foundation, we piloted the program at two sites last fall and the results were remarkable.

To quote the principal at Faxon Elementary: BEST DAY EVER.

Good evening,
Can I just say, today was one of the best days ever! Our girls had a blast! Right before everyone was leaving to go home, at about 600 this evening, a few girls that were left were out in the hallway showing our teachers their moves. They were so excited about their self defense class! Many girls said they can’t wait to play volleyball! Going to have to get a team together! Let me say, the girls will sleep good tonight! Thanking you for making this event possible for Faxon! You are the bomb, as Ms Yo would say!!!!
Kathleen Snipes
Principal, Faxon Elementary

With the support Hospital Hill Foundation we provided our Camp WIN curriculum and each camper received a t-shirt and goodie bag. But most importantly, we were able to leave legacy equipment at each site so the girls can continue to play.

Thank you for helping us empower more girls in our community by supporting Mobile Camp WIN. Together we are making a difference.

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