KC Keys

  Community Council, Inc. founded 1976Winter 2011

19th Annual Best Basketball Tournament Girls Event at UMKC Feb 3-5, 2012

With a motto of Keep Excellence in Your Sights, the Keys have operated in the Kansas City Area for over 30 years. The aim of this non-for-profit community organization is to create responsible citizens through education, athletics and spirituality. Primarily servicing families in the urban core, the Keys volunteers seek to provide extended families and support systems for their players, as they pursue academics and sports. Hosting national tournaments have given the Keys organization the opportunity to meet like minded organization; hosting girls’ teams from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. MO Valley Eclipse

The Missouri Valley Eclipse has been the Premiere Program in the Kansas City area for over five years. Director Joe Erskine has been coaching and running non-for-profit basketball programs for the last 19 years. As the Director of the Missouri Valley Eclipse he and his volunteer staff oversee annually 25 teams in the Kansas City Metro area. The program has won 3 AAU National tournaments. Last October, they took home the trophy at the US Junior National in Chicago, Illinois. The goal of their program is, “to provide a national venue for amateur sports through basketball; regardless of ethnic and financial background”. Coach Erskine states, “We are a non-for-profit that provides scholarships to help those who want to play but have financial needs.” more >>


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Feature Teams in the 19th Annual Best Basketball Tournament

The 8th Grade Running Angels of Kansas City ran by Tony Woods, (who has been coaching for 13 years and running this organization for the last 5 years), will be making an annual appearance at this year's Tournament. Woods describes his teams as, “high profile, hard working, and up tempo players, who are taught the 3 D's - Discipline, Determination and Dedication”. The Running Angels team has a record of 89-14 for the 2011 year. They placed within the top 10 in AAU Nationals for four consecutive years and took first place in the AAU Super Regional in Dallas, TX. In 2010 all players received an invitation to the Lady Prodigy Basketball Exposure Camp. The Running Angels Class of 2016 features Shelbe Piggie a crafty up and coming point guard along with Lakesha Stephens who received an invite to the AAU All-American Camp in 2011. The Running Angels will certainly be a challenging opponent for any team at this year’s tournament.

Les ChatsLes Chats Basketball Club has been established with the purpose of providing girls the opportunity to improve their life skills through basketball. The Les Chats model is motivated by research that shows kids who are active in sports tend to fare better academically and have better self-esteem. Therefore, the primary mission of Les Chats Basketball Club is to use basketball as a platform to academic and self excellence. In the spring of 2004 the club was founded as a 6th grade girl’s competitive basketball team. Since then the club has grown to have four teams in Overland Park, Kansas. All the members of the original team are on the path to becoming great citizens and will be freshmen in college next year. more >>

2011 Best Basketball Tournament Champions
Championship Game - 4th Grade Girls
8 StL Cougars vs MV Blazers 13
Championship Game - 5th Grade Girls
19 Les Chats vs MoKan Eclipse - Red 12
Championship Game - 6th Grade Girls
32 MoKan Eclipse vs Oklahoma Lady Magic 19
Championship Game - 2nd Grade
19 Ark Hawks vs KC Keys 11
Championship Game -3rd Grade
18 Della Lamb vs Showtyme Express 7
4th Grade Boys - Championship Game
34 Missouri/Illinois Select vs KC Runnin Rebels 39
5th Grade Championship Game
47 ITB-Elite vs Team St. Louis Stars 55
Championship Game - 6th Grade Boys
53 Power Group vs Texas Suns 41

KEYS Tournament Alumni - Where Are They Now?