Monthly Archives: September 2017

Golf Hospitality Association highlights professionalism on and off the course

Golf Hospitality Association

One of the most important elements in the enjoyment of a round of golf is also one of the least predictable. While most golf hospitality workers – marshals, rangers, starters, etc. – do a good job of providing a quality experience for patrons, the manner in which they perform their tasks can be quite different from one course to another. Mike Abell of the Kansas City-based Golf Hospitality Association hopes his organization can bring some consistency.

Sports fans: Cheering for the Chiefs, Royals or another of your favorite teams is good for your health

sports fans

Football season is upon us once again. Whether you’re one of those who are casual sports fans or a true fanatic, cheering for your team can bring highs and lows. But did you know that it can also encourage good health?

That’s not just some lip service from ESPN or Fox Sports. Research shows sports fans are active, engaged and in better health, thanks to their allegiance with a favorite team.

Neck injury: When sports become a pain in the neck

neck injury

When any neck injury is suspected a person should not be moved without a medical professional present due to the risk of spinal cord injury.

The neck, also called the cervical spine, is comprised of seven vertebrae stacked on top of each other and separated by discs that act as cushions to absorb shock and provide stability.

In the space between the vertebrae, nerves that supply the arm exit the neck. The spinal cord which supplies sensory and motor function to the arms and legs is protected by the vertebrae (bones), ligaments, discs and muscles around the neck.

Shjon Podein adds Instant Credibility: NHL player’s involvement shows KC Ice Center hockey programs are legit

Shjon Podein played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001. He grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where one of his buddies was Dean Nelson, now the general manager of the Kansas City Ice Center.

When Nelson came to the Kansas City area six years ago, he faced an uphill battle in growing youth hockey. He decided one of the best ways to do that was to enhance the camps and clinics schedule. There were fewer than 50 kids involved at the time. The number approached nearly 500 this summer.

Nelson knew hockey is mostly a series of one-on-one battles, so he decided a camp devoted to teaching kids how to win those battles would be a key part of his camp strategy. He created Battle Camp, and in one of the most strategic decisions he’s made in his six years, he invited his old friend to join him.

The Heartland Soccer brand builds the youth soccer community in KC

When people hear the names of some of the most popular brands, they have an intuitive idea of exactly what those brands represent. They don’t have to be told that Nike sells shoes, or Starbucks coffee. In the Kansas City area, the same can be said of the Heartland Soccer Association and youth soccer.

The two have become virtually synonymous in the region, with more than 30,000 girls and boys ranging in age from 8 to 19 in recreational and premier soccer playing league and tournament games.

Steady Opara anchors Sporting KC central defense

On a team with several nationally-recognized stars, Ike Opara of Sporting Kansas City’s often goes relatively unnoticed, although he is quietly having the best year of his career.

Opara, a 6-2, 180-pound central defender, has made the most starts and played the most minutes of any of his eight MLS seasons while contributing to a backline which has limited opponents to 19 goals in 25 matches, easily the best mark in the league.

Royals pitcher Jake Junis has had many call ups to Kansas City this season

Jake Junis holds a Kansas City Royals record, although not verified, as a rookie. He has been called up a half dozen times this season from Triple-A Omaha. Twice he wasn’t even with the big league club for 24 hours as the 26th man for doubleheaders.

“Six times, I’ve been all over the place this summer,” Junis said.

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them:

Talented Dorance Armstrong anchors Kansas Jayhawks’ defense

Dorance Armstrong is his name, and terrorizing opposing offenses is his game. With continued improvement, this explosive junior just might become the premier defensive end in the country.

He’s simply the face of Kansas football, a surefire NFL first-round prospect. He’s the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year who led the league with 20 tackles for a loss last season (No. 5 in FBS) and ranked No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks while being named a consensus All-Conference First-Team selection.

Mizzou’s Drew Lock eyes breakout campaign after last year’s learning curves

Coming off a four-win sophomore campaign, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock recalls two games helped him develop a new mindset for 2017.

One resulted in the Tigers’ third straight loss against Georgia last September. Lock had set his conference single-game highs with three touchdowns and 376 yards, but also tossed three interceptions in a turnover heavy half, which aided the Bulldogs to a late comeback.

“You throw 330 yards in one half, you want to come out and possibly do the same thing (in the second half),” Lock said about the Georgia loss.