Blue Springs, Mo. – Mayor Carson Ross will be competing against Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd, Oak Grove Mayor Jeremy Martin, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough, and Raymore Mayor Kristofer Turnbow in a friendly basketball challenge at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in the Blue Springs Fieldhouse located at 425 NE Mock Avenue. Immediately following, Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson has challenged Grain Valley City Administrator Ryan Hunt, Oak Grove City Administrator Steven Craig and Raymore Assistant City Administrator Meredith Hauck to compete in the inaugural City Administrators’ Hotshot Basketball Competition.
Both basketball challenges are part of the kick-off celebrations for the sixth annual Eastern Metro Municipal Challenge. This program has grown to include the cities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Grandview, Independence, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Raytown and Sugar Creek.
“The Municipal Challenge provides a chance for city employees to come together for fun, wellness and fellowship between neighboring communities,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This is the sixth anniversary of the hotshot challenge and I look forward to seeing which mayor brings home the gold!”
The Municipal Challenge grew out of a desire for Eastern Jackson County municipalities to create an event that would promote health, wellness and camaraderie along with a little competition though Olympic-style games. These events offer employees a chance to meet and network with their counterparts from neighboring municipalities while adding a social component for those who choose not to compete and cheer on their colleagues.
The games officially begin on July 27 and continue through August 24 on various days and locations located throughout Eastern Jackson County. All full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees are eligible to participate. Each city will earn points based on employee participation as well as how teams place in the competition. The city with the highest number of points at the end of the competition will win a trophy which will remain in that city until the next year’s competition.
The 2016 Municipal Challenge games include Horseshoes, Table Tennis, Dodgeball, 3-on-3 Basketball, Disc Golf, Sand Volleyball, Flag Football, and Kickball among other events.
For Municipal Challenge questions, please contact Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0494.
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