BidSpot Cares, a Lenexa, Kan. startup, signed University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self as the second client for its online fundraising platform. Self’s foundation, The Assists Foundation, is focused on the health and wellness of youth. Self is planning on raising funds using items from his former players, including a basketball signed by Ben McLemore, the Sacramento Kings’ first-round pick.
Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, who played for Self at Kansas, signed as BidSpot’s first client in June. Chalmers hosted Mario’s Miracle Basketball Camp at Olathe East High School on Wednesday, bringing in 110 underprivileged kids. Three of the participants got there with the help of BidSpot Cares.
Sporting KC extends Vermes’ contract
Peter Vermes, manager and technical director of Sporting Kansas City, received a contract extension that will keep him in Kansas City through the 2017 season. Vermes, who holds the highest winning percentage in club history at .577, has been technical director of the club since 2006 and manager since 2009.
In his time in Kansas City, Vermes has twice been a finalist for Major League Soccer Coach of the Year, and he coached the team to Eastern Conference titles in 2011 and 2012. In April, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Big 12 commissioner criticizes NCAA
Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12, called for a complete reconfiguration of the NCAA. Citing an issue in January when the association tried to issue charges against University of Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, Bowlsby said the way the organization governs needs to be addressed and suggested governing different sports by different rules.
Sporting Kansas City, previously known as the Kansas City Wizards, has rebranded and turned around the image of soccer in the city. As recently as seven years ago, sales of the team’s apparel ranked dead last in Major League Soccer, behind even generic MLS-branded apparel. However, with the recent addition of Sporting Park, the club’s technologically advanced new stadium, Kansas City is growing as a soccer city. The club packs the stadium for home games, and the United States national team even makes trips to Sporting Park for some important international matches. Sam Borden of the New York Times has more.