{NEWS} KC Parks Presents the Sam Lacey Memorial Youth Basketball Tournament

{NEWS} KC Parks Presents the Sam Lacey Memorial Youth Basketball Tournament

Sam LaceyWHO: Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation and the Gregg/Klice Community Center Advisory Committee

WHAT: First annual youth (5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade) boys and girls basketball tournament.

WHEN: March 21-22, 2015

WHEREGregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 “Buck” O’Neil Way and Southeast Community Center,4201 E. 63rd 

HISTORY: Sam Lacey was drafted in the first round of the 1970 NBA season and played for the Kansas City Kings.  After his basketball career, he settled in Kansas City, MO with a new passion in life.  He wanted to inspire the youth in the Kansas City Community to improve not only their basketball skills, but their life skills as well.  Mr. Lacey knew he had the potential to make a difference and would not settle for anything less.  In the 70s and 80s, Sam financially sponsored many youth basketball teams.  He was always looking for ways to give back to a community that gave him so much.  Sadly on March 14, 2014, Sam Lacey unexpectedly passed away; however, his mission was not complete.  Before his passing, Mr. Lacey pushed to create the Gregg/ Klice Community Center Advisory Committee.  They have  recently dedicated their mission to carrying on Mr. Lacey’s passion for the betterment of our youth with the Sam Lacey Memorial Tournament.

REGISTRATION: $150/team. Call 816-513-7567. More information>

CONTACT: For more information, contact Katherine Sowers at  816-513-7567 or katherine.sowers@kcmo.org