Author Archives: Matt Fulks, Director

Hancock offers wonderful lessons with “Blue Moth”

A blue moth. It sounds innocent enough. Harmless. Not tough enough to be a hero such as the Green Hornet, but certainly a loveable underdog in a Saturday morning cartoon. Except in Bill Hancock’s life. The blue moth was unsafe. Malicious. Tainted. The blue moth was the best way for Hancock to describe and deal with the grief of losing a son. Dave Matthews sang about it in one of his solo songs: “You should … Read more

Supporter Spotlight: 2017 Impact

At least once a month during 2018 — generally on the first Friday of each month — we’re going to have a “Supporter Spotlight” for one of our weekly blog posts. A supporter is anyone who’s well, supporting people in need in Kansas City through “C” You In The Major Leagues. One month it may be a written Q&A with a volunteer. The next month it could be a video interview with a donor. We’re … Read more

“C” coach Holley gets win #900

It’s one of those great stories that sticks with you. Years and years ago, when they both were in the NAIA, rivals William Jewell and Rockhurst were playing a best two-of-three conference basketball tournament that would decide which team would go to the NAIA national tournament. One of Rockhurst’s best players was a senior All-American and 1964 NAIA tournament Hustle Award winner named Ralph Telken, who was a tenacious defender. Crazy might be a better … Read more

CARE: Scott Shannon

Our “C” word for November is CARE. In the CYITML definition, someone who exhibits CARE: Puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. This past summer, one of our final “C” You At The “K” groups was from Kansas RBI. Specifically, it was the team on which “Dash” Vaughn, a 17-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in early August, played. As I talked to the group about the speakers they were about … Read more

COMMITMENT: Billy Mills

This month’s “C” word is COMMITMENT, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person has a strong work ethic; is not easily distracted; prepares accordingly; and prioritizes. Fifty-three years ago Saturday, on Oct. 14, 1964, former University of Kansas runner, Billy Mills, saw a dream come true. But it was a dream fulfilled only by his COMMITMENT. The young man sat at the open hotel window, glaring down at … Read more

COACH: Willie Lanier

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. With the NFL season underway, there’s a Kansas City Chiefs’ legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer who’s a great fit for COACH: Willie Lanier. The story might be one of the greatest in Chiefs history. Even among the players of … Read more

COACH: Raul Ibanez

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. As the Royals hit September, the last full month of the regular season, it’s a good time to look at a player from 2014 who fits the term COACH perfectly: Raul Ibanez. Raul Ibanez had been a productive player for the … Read more

COMPOSURE: Fred Patek

This month’s “C” word has been COMPOSURE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon, means that a person is calm in the eye of the storm; slows the game down; poised; and shows self-control. That usually described Royals Hall of Fame shortstop Fred Patek. With Patek being the August “Coaches with Character” honoree, we thought this would be a good time to remember more of Patek’s story, leading off with one when … Read more

COMPOSURE: Ed Temple

This month’s “C” word is COMPOSURE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person is calm in the eye of the storm; slows the game down; poised; and shows self-control. With all that’s going on in the world today, the late Ed Temple comes to mind as a coach who embodied COMPOSURE (along with each of our other “C” words). The following is from interviews he did with our … Read more

COMPOSURE: Len Dawson

This month, our focus is on our “C” word, COMPOSURE, which includes: Being calm in the eye of the storm; Ability to slow the game down; Poise; Self-Control. All wonderful descriptions of Len Dawson, whom the Kansas City Chiefs announced Wednesday will be on the team’s radio broadcasts for one more season. With Wednesday’s announcement, our focus on the word COMPOSURE, and Dawson’s deserved nickname of “Lenny the Cool,” it seems fitting to feature him … Read more

Wiffle Ball at the Hollow a perfect success … almost

It’s safe to say our inaugural “Wiffle Ball at the Hollow” was a great success. People had fun in spite of the heat. There was free ice cream and coffee. And we exceeded our announced fundraising goal (more on that in the coming days). Perfect, right? Well, almost. During the lunch part, after our Founder and Executive Director Dayton Moore finished the Q&A, I got back up to thank our sponsors and announce the results … Read more

COMPETITOR: Jeff Montgomery

This month, our focus is on our “C” word, COMPETITOR, which includes: Desire & ability to compete; High expectations; Tough minded – ability to overcome; Brings the best out of teammates. On one hand, this might be the easiest categories to fill. After all, one doesn’t reach the major-league level without being a great competitor. However, perhaps no position exemplifies COMPETITOR as well as a great closer. In this case, it’s the Royals’ all-time saves … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Steve Busby and the Royals’ first no-hitter

This month, our focus has been on our “C” word, CONCENTRATION, which includes: Ability to focus; Hones instincts; Prepares with a purpose. One of the biggest accomplishments in baseball, the no-hitter, obviously has a lot to do with concentration. The following is a previously published piece by our Director, Matt Fulks, on Steve Busby’s first no-hitter, which happened to be the first in Royals’ history. And it happened to be 44 years ago today.   It takes … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

Throughout 2017, we’re focusing on people who embody one of our “C” traits. This month, it’s CONCENTRATION. The characteristics of leaders, in whatever field, who have CONCENTRATION include Ability to focus; Hones instincts; Prepares with a purpose. Many of the people we’re featuring could fit perfectly with our other “C” words, including Royals Hall of Fame player and Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza. In case you haven’t heard about it, Gubicza had what his teammates called … Read more

How Herb Brooks took a bunch of kids, beat the Soviets and struck gold in ’80

During each of the remaining months in 2017, we’re going to focus on one of the “C” words that make the foundation of “C” You In The Major Leagues. So, starting in March, that leaves 10 months to go with 10 “C” words. Today, though, based on timing, we’re featuring a coach who, as we’ve learned since 1980, embodied each of the 10 words: Care, Character, Coach, Commitment, Competitor, Composure, Comprehension, Concentration, Confidence, and Courage. … Read more

“C” You At The “K” was a great success

The young man sheepishly walked up to me on his way to the buffet. He almost whispered when he asked, “Mr. Fulks, are we able to go through the line only one time or can I eat a little more food?” “Yes, please, go through as many times as you like! We want you guys to eat until the food is gone.” That may seem like a very basic conversation to many, but it’s one … Read more

Temple was a “C” leader through tumultuous times

  A sprinter’s success is measured in hundredths of a second. Therefore, a track coach’s success is dependent upon his runner’s ability to lean a little more at the tape, or an opponent’s brief slip out of the starting blocks, or some other cruel act of fate. As fate would have it, Ed Temple was a successful track coach. Some would say he was the best women’s track coach in the world. Maybe more accurately, … Read more

Summitt embodied “C” leadership

  The coach looked at his star player during the timeout, knowing that, if she could steal the ball, it would help cut the opponent’s five-point lead in the last couple of minutes. He still had four timeouts. “OK, you’re on defense,” the coach roared out to his star. The horn sounded, and the do-it-all player went back on the court on defense. As had been mapped out, she stole the ball from the bigger … Read more