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The GABL News


Official Publication of The GABL Youth Sports Foundation

April 2011 YearVol 1, Issue 1

GABL Honors Program Moves to The CBE 

The College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center was the site of the 8th Annual Sonic/GABL Honors Program. Nearly 400 people were in attendance at this new venue for the program.


The Foundation showed its appreciation to members of the corporate partner program. Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Dick's Sporting Goods were recognized as Business Partners. US Bank, Briley Sonic Group, Unisource Document Products and Select Photo-Graphics were recognized as Champion Partners.


The coaches, players and fans of the 2011 sportsmanship team winners were recognized. A total of 12 of the 18 teams selected for this honor were represented at the program. Previously, the coaches and team members received trophies.


Bruce and Bart Briley

 The GABL Court of Honor was established to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through service to GABL and have been a positive influence to the youth of our community. The 2011 class is the Briley Family Sonic Group. Briley Sonic has been a Champion Partner of the Foundation for seven years. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the GABL Scholarship Program, the GABL Golf Classic and the GABL Honors Program. The Briley Family's generosity helps GABL provide financial assistance for participants of its programs and recognition of those who provide service to the Foundation and the youth of our community. Over the last 7 years, GABL with Briley Sonic's help, has provided over 600 scholarships totaling over $60,000.


Ben Meseke

Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball coach Ben Meseke received the Marcus Priddy Award. This award recognizes a current coach (youth, high school or college) who is making a positive difference in the lives of his or her players. Meseke has been a head boys basketball coach for 34 years. In 13 years at Shawnee Mission Northwest, he has recorded more wins than any other coach of the Cougars and has taken his teams to four state tournaments. At Hayden High School in Topeka, Meseke's teams went to 13 state tournaments and won six state championships. Ben has been named Kansas Coach of the Year three times by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and was inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame last summer.


Patti Phillips

 Patti Phillips is the 2011 recipient of the GABL "Making a Difference" Award, which is given to an individual who has made a positive difference in the lives of youth, serves the community in a positive manner and promotes the values of athletic participation. Phillips served as the executive director of the Women's Intersport Newtwork for Kansas City (WIN for KC) from 1999 to 2010. In keeping with the mission of providing female role models for girls, WIN for KC activities included instructional clinics and reading challenges offered in conjunction with women's collegiate and professional sporting events held in Kansas City. Camp WIN, a week-long girls sports camp that empowers girls by introducing them to a variety of sports and fitness activities, became an annual sell-out and grew to two sessions. Under Patti's leadership the annual WIN for KC Luncheon, which celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day, became the largest celebration of its kind in the country.




Click Here for Additional Information and the 2011 Photo Gallery 


In This Issue
2011 Honors Program
8th Grade All-Star Classic
GABL Golf Classic
GABL Foundation Board of Directors
GABL Corporate Partners
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Champion Partner
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Champion Partner
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Briley Sonics
Champion Partner

Silver Business Partner
SMA Sports
Silver Business Partner

GABL 8th Grade All-Star Classic


 8th Grade All-Star Classic


Each year, players from each 8th grade team are selected by teammates and coaches to represent their teams in the All-Star Games. The 16th Annual GABL All-Star Classic was held at The College Basketball Experience in March. More than 60 individuals participated in three games, four boys teams and two girls teams. Over 600 people attended the 2011 event, enjoying games and full access to everything The CBE has to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 event!



Click Here to See 2011 Photo Gallery  


 GABL Academy's KidHoops Program

  KidHoops Spring Session begins April 23


Program for Preschool Children and a Parent


Click Here for Details and Registration Form


14th Annual Sonic GABL Golf Classic
Monday, June 20, 2011
 Swope Memorial Golf Course
1 p.m. Shotgun Start

Register now for a great day of golf
that support's the Foundation's
Community Outreach Programs

Don't play golf? Become a Tournament Sponsor

Click Here for Tournament Brochure
Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports 

 Courtesy of Matt Humpert, ATC, SMMC SportsCare  


 Click Here for guidelines from the National Federation of State High School Associations



Gold Business Partner
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GABL Youth Sports Foundation Board of Directors

                Derek Majors
                                                    Dennis Nicely
                President                                                          Secretary/Treasurer

                Eric Arner                                                         Denny Meier
                Drew Berst                                                       Bill Nicks

                Rich Briggs                                                      Dan O'Dell

                John Dehan                                                     Chris Spellman

                Frank Dodd                                                      Jim Walsh
                Greg Gurley                                                     Charles Shrewsbury


                                                  Rich Hunter
                                                  Executive Director                          
GABL Corporate Partners
Champion Partners 
Briley Sonic Group
Select Photo-Graphics 
Unisource Document Products
US Bank 

Gold Business Partner  
Shawnee Mission Medical Center 

Silver Business Partners 
Sports Management Associates, LC
Dick's Sporting Goods