Missouri Valley / Heart Of America

Mayor’s Night Nets Brings Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis Programming to KC Youth

Sydney Hamilton | August 03, 2023


More than 50 children from Kansas City, ranging in ages from 9 to 18, participated in this year’s Mayor’s Night Nets, a six-week program that helps introduce them to the benefits of sports in a positive, educational setting, as well as other programming beneficial to their lives and livelihoods. 


While the program usually focuses on sports such as volleyball and basketball, this year, thanks to the work of Mayor’s Night Nets coordinator Ivori Smith and Scott Hanover of the Stephanie Waterman Foundation, children in attendance were introduced to tennis.


"It was a very successful evening, and a fun way to incorporate another net game to be introduced to the girls," said Hanover.

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In addition to the introduction to tennis, this year’s Mayor’s Night Nets programming included features “Let’s Stay Hydrated,” which was facilitated by Denise Sullivan of the MU Extension Service; “The Importance of Food Recovery,” from special guest Mike Thomas, a board member of Pete’s Garden; and “What to Look For/Do in Suicide Prevention,” hosted by Rianna Malbrough and Margaux Ummones of Swope Health Center.


In addition to the coordination of Ivori, Hanover, and the selfless individuals who hosted programs during this year’s Mayor’s Night Nets, several local businesses and volunteers pitched in to help provide athletic gear, snacks, and prizes for the children. Each child in attendance was also treated to a nourishing meal each night.


Thank you to everyone who helped bring Mayor’s Night Nets to the children of Kansas City!



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