Happening in Kansas City
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The Gay Games in Chicago, July 15-22, and the Outgames in Montreal, July 26-August 5, are finally happening and Kansas City will be part of at least one of them.
According to Dave Anders of Team Kansas City, over 50 athletes from greater Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and surrounding areas in Kansas and Missouri will be at the Gay Games. They have signed up for beach volleyball, the bench press, bowling, darts, golf, the marathon, mountain biking, physique, power lifting, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, the triathalon and the 5k and 10k races.
Softball is not in the mix. “They’re geared more to the Gay World Series of Softball ” in Ft. Lauderdale in August, Anders said. The highest number of athletes from Team Kansas City are in the running and swimming competitions.
Team Kansas City is an informal group pulled together by KC Waves swimmer Dan Melton (see Sports Complex article on page 26), Brock Boyd, and Dave Anders. It’s an informal organization with no board of directors or elected officials. Though they got off to a late start, Anders, who also has managed the athletic activities for Kansas City Gay Pride, is pleased with the turnout of athletes. St. Louis also has its own team.
The last Games were held in Sydney, Australia, in 2002. Those games were controversial for several reasons including accusations of financial mismanagement. Discussions between Montreal and the Federation of Gay Games for this year’s Games broke down and it was eventually decided to award the bid to Chicago. Since Montreal was already committed to doing an athletic event with contracts and agreements in place, they decided to proceed with their own Outgames. That’s why the two events are happening only one week apart. In future they will be in different years.
Libby Post, who writes the syndicated column, Lesbian Notions featured in Camp is managing marketing for the Outgames through her marketing company, OutMarketing.biz. “We’re doing a lot of different things to get people to register,” she said. They are offering a low cost $75 activity only entry fee for athletes with limited availability and a $20 “all access” bracelet that allows spectators to see the majority of the 52 events. “We’re more cost-effective” said Post.
Celebrities will be a big draw at both events. Both the Chicago Gay Games and Montreal Outgames sell tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies independent of the entry fees charged to athletes. Chicago Gay Games has Megan Mullally of TV’s Will & Grace, comedian Margaret Cho, British rocker Andy Bell of Erasure, and many other entertainers for the opening ceremonies. The closing ceremony features Cindy Lauper along with others; Heartland Men’s Chorus conductor Joseph Nadeau will be directing. The Outgames boasts singers k.d. lang, Martha Wash, Deborah Cox, and entertainment from Cirque du Soleil for the opening ceremony. Liza Minelli tops the list for the closing ceremonies, along with International performers Marjo, Mélanie Renaud, Marie-Chantal Toupin, and Tracy Young.
As expected, the Outgames seem to be drawing more international attendance—16,000 athletes registered from 120 countries—but with 12,000 athletes from 70 countries, the Chicago Gay Games is also doing well. The Chicago Tribune reports that “Local businesses, which stand to land an estimated $50 million to $80 million from the influx of visitors, are pumped.” The Tribune also reports that Gay Games media spokesman Kevin Boyer is estimating they will finish $250,000 in the black. The Chicago games have ignited controversy from conservatives who claim the city is advocating the homosexual lifestyle.
Many tried to organize boycotts of Games sponsors Kraft Foods and Walgreens, both based in Chicago, but had no impact. The suburb of Crystal Lake tried to force its Park District to prohibit use of its lake for the rowing event but eventually permission was given. Conservatives once again protested the waiver of HIV-positive athletes and visitors, claiming it would be a public health threat. Five Republican Cook County Board of Commissioners withdrew their name from the Chicago proclamation that welcomes the Gay Games.
Team Kansas City has been holding numerous fundraisers to cover their expenses. The final one is a send-off party on July 9 at Tootsies. Most athletes have been making their own accommodation arrangements over the last several months. “They have so many different areas for people to stay, hostels, dorm rooms and housing offered by area residents,” said Anders. “Most people in the swim team got together and pooled their money for a condo.”
Age groups vary said Anders. “It’s pretty diverse, we have young ones, 21 or 22, and a couple probably in their ‘40s or ‘50s. For example, my sport is bowling and they have different classes of whether you’re a league bowler, social bowler, and within that are age groups.”
Some area athletes will stay the entire five days; others are coming up for the opening ceremonies, returning to Kansas City, and then going back for their events. “They’re very strict about the rules for the opening and closing ceremonies,” Anders said. For example, the Team Kansas City banner has to be free of corporate logos and the marchers have to wear team uniforms. He reports that even the T-Shirts have rules of only one corporate logo can be used and there are specific rules about size and placement of the logo.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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