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Legislation #: 180599 Introduction Date: 8/16/2018
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS WAGNER, BARNES JR., MCMANUS, LUCAS, CANADY, SHIELDS, FOWLER, TAYLOR, REED AND JUSTUS
Title: Recognizing Pat Clarke and the Hoops at Night Program “Where We Keep Kids on the court, out Of Court, and off The Streets”.

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8/15/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/16/2018 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 180599

 

Recognizing Pat Clarke and the Hoops at Night Program “Where We Keep Kids on the court, out Of Court, and off The Streets”.

 

WHEREAS, over 35 years ago Pat Clarke was disappointed in the decision by the Parks Department to remove the full court from Oak Park. The same Basketball Court the Harvey Jackson Ross boys and many others once played; and

 

WHEREAS, after working diligently with Rodney McGautha to have the baseball diamond upgraded, Clarke saw an opportunity to get his vision accomplished and he redesigned the entire park on a letter envelope on how he wanted the basketball court to look; and

 

WHEREAS, caged in like the famous RUCKER Park in New York with the opportunity to train street kids about life. Not just how to play, but how to play and work with others. So the “Hoops At Night” Program was born with the help of Park and Recreation Director Mark McHenry and Deputy Director Terry Rynard; and

 

WHEREAS, Clarke calls his program the best indoor outdoor program in the city. Taking inter-city kids, Pat explains some of my kids don’t just shoot ball on the court, some of them shoot people in the streets. But I save those who want to be saved; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2018, Clarke received the “Hometown Hero” award from Phillips 66 and also the “Legacy award from the Big 12. Clarke credits God who he says allows him to be Pat Clarke every day, his wife Gwen who puts up with him, and Forest Tyson Jr. who works tirelessly night after night to help make Fantasy a Reality. His now famous words Welcome to Pat Clarke Park “Where we keep kids on the court, out of court, and off the streets”; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby extend their appreciation and a thank you to Mr. Pat Clarke for his dedication to the kids, and his service to the Oak Park neighborhood; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof, and that a copy hereof be presented to Pat Clarke in token of the Mayor and Council’s respect and high regard for him stepping forward to create the league and provide an evening entertainment alternative with the courts at the park being named for Clarke.

 

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