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Our flagship operation since 1995 has been the GABL Youth Sports Foundation, Inc. (GABL) a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation in the Kansas City area. Founded in 1974, the corporation originally operated under the name Great American Basketball League. In 2009, the Board of Directors changed the structure and name of the organization to allow for a broader outreach of its programs and a more integrated approach to fundraising. The Foundation currently has three significant program initiatives: the Great American Basketball League, the GABL Academy and the GABL Future Program. Its programs serve over 8,000 participants annually.

Our role in working with the Foundation has been to provide a full-range of management services, to include all the servcies we offer--general management; administration and finance; office services; communications; corporate marketing and resource development; program and event operation, and merchandise services. For over 24 years, our staff has been the GABL staff, helping to make it a premier youth sports organization in Kansas City.

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Kansas City Football and Cheerleading Club (KCFC), formerly the Football and Cheerleading Club of Johnson County, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded over 35 years ago, is the largest youth football and cheerleading program in Kansas. KCFC is governed by volunteer leadership groups that oversee programs for over 3,500 youth in grades K thru 8th in Johnson County (KS) and surrounding areas in metropolitan Kansas City. SMA began its involvement in 2005 when we were contracted to improve the operation of the KCFC office, finances and its programs and events; develop a corporate partner program; manage the scheduling and training of officials, and assist with overall general management and leadership issues.

KCFC operates programs and events year-round, with its core programs of tackle and flag football leagues, as well as cheer activities, conducted during the traditional fall season. A 10-field complex in southern Johnson County is leased from the county park district where nearly all its programs and events are held. The facility is operated by KCFC and includes four lighted fields, multiple concession stands and special fields for K-3rd grade games. Over 75,000 people attend games at the facility in the fall and spring seasons.

Since SMA’s involvement began in 2005, a number of new programs have been developed, including the KCFC Football Academy to help players improve their skills, a merchandise and corporate marketing initiatives to create new revenue for KCFC, the flag program was expanded to provide opportunities for all ages (K-8) to participate, and, within the last several years, a plan was implemented that allowed nearly 25 new tackle teams from the KC Northland area to participate in the KCFC fall league.

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Founded in 1964, the Kansas City Rugby Football Club is Kansas City's oldest rugby football club and only Division II Club in Kansas City. A competitive team with a strong social aspect, the Club welcomes all and encourages fitness, sportsmanship, camaraderie and the expansion of the sport of rugby to high school and youth programs. 

In 2013, SMA was retained to provide marketing and communication services, financial services, program and special event services  and general management services including a club office to serve as a central clearinghouse for inquiries and information.  SMA has expanded its reach in the rugby world by managing and hosting local rugby events in Kansas City, including the Heart of America Rugby Classic, Midnight Madness 7's Indoor Tournament and the Fountain City 7's Summer Tournament.

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KC Rugby Tournaments and Events, a subsidary of Kansas City Rugby Football Club (KCRFC), was established in 2013 to help provide top quality events for local and national rugby clubs.  It caters to rugby clubs across the country operating indoor and outdoor rugby events like the Midnight Madness 7's, Fountain City 7's, High School Friday Night Lights and the Heart of America Classic.  New in 2017, the Heart of America Classic added a Collegiate Rugby Championship Qualifier which is only the 2nd qualifier for college teams in the United States.  The other qualifying event is located in Las Vegas.  

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The Dick's Sporting Goods Youth Tournament Series is a co-op with the sporting goods giant Dick's Sporting Goods.  The program offers youth basketball teams top quality basketball tournaments at an affordable rate, all while giving back to the participating teams.  Each coach that registers for an event receives a $50 Gift Certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods to help with equipment costs throughout the year.  All spectators receive Dick's Sporting Goods coupons and everyone enjoys 20% off at their local Dick's Sporting Goods during the event weekend.  Since its inception in 2014, more than 1,000 teams have participated. Currently, these tournaments are operated in Kansas City, with expansion plans being considered throughout the Midwest and other major markets of Dick's Sporting Goods. 

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