The city of Olathe has awarded Kansas State-Olathe Campus and its partners – DesignSense, 360 Architecture, and Weitz Construction – a Community Accessibility Award for making its campus accessible for all people, including those with disabilities. Dan Richardson, K-State-Olathe President, and partners collaborated with the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board to ensure that its campus’s design and construction would meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hallways, restrooms and podiums are wheelchair accessible, while walls, floors, and furniture hues aid the visually impaired. In addition to accessibility, Richardson and partners took into account aesthetic considerations. For example, glass railings were used outside so that wheelchair users could enjoy the scenic landscape.
A team of cyclists on the Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile trek to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities, stopped in Olathefor a two-day rest, visiting K-State-Olathe campus, City Hall, and Kauffman Stadium. Journey of Hope’s parent organization is Push America, the national philanthropic arm of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Three teams of cyclists take three cross-country routes on the Journey of Hope. The program has raised more than a half a million dollars this year alone, and $15 million to date.
Axel Holm, crew member and central route team public relations representative, said, “We like to stress that people come first; disability or ability comes after. We try to spread the word to end the word. ‘Retarded’ is a word that we don’t use. ‘Disabled’ is just another way to bring somebody down. We like to say ‘people or person with a disability,’ so that’s just something we stress as Push America.”
Richardson said, “I think it was a good fit, with us just having received the Community Accessibility Award for our building. Our efforts really complement each other. We’re proactively making accessible spaces, and they are volunteering and raising money to fix existing places so that they become more accessible. So it’s a really nice compliment.”
This August 15-21, the PGA’s Nationwide Tour will return to the Kansas City area. The Midwest Classic, hosted by the Kansas City Crusaders, will be played at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park. The Midwest Classic will feature 156 golfers from around the world competing over 72 holes with a tournament purse is $550,000. The Midwest Classic is a fundraising event for local charities, and with enough support may become a permanent stop of the official PGA Tour. The primary beneficiary will beMercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City, which has held a long association with golf. Folds of Honor, an organization whose Mission is to empower military families with educational support and opportunities, will present a celebrity skills challenge.
For the golfers, the tour professionals are vying for one of 25 PGA Tour Cards that will be awarded to winners at the end of the year. Two out of every three PGA Tour players are Nationwide Tour alumni, amassing over 200 PGA Tour titles, including eleven major championships. The Nationwide Tour features 29 tournaments played across the U.S. and five countries.
According to Nationwide Tour President Bill Calfee, “The Nationwide Tour experienced many positive things during last year’s event at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. The golf course and staging were excellent, spectator support was very strong and the competition exciting with Michael Sim earning a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour.” Michael Sim, who is from Australia, won by two shots to become the ninth Nationwide Tour member to capture three titles in the same season and earn an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour. Last year, the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate played to a par of 36-35-71 at 7,230 yards.
Ticket buyers can select the charity of their choice at http://www.midwestclassic.com and support the Midwest Classic. In addition to four days of pro golf, attendees will have the opportunity to attend all the parties and events, and have a chance to play a round with the pros.
Event: Midwest Classic
Location: Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park
Time: August 15-21 2011
PGA Golf Midwest Classic Kansas City sports community event recreation
I’m often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don’t know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you’ve missed it!
Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!
While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It’s important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial “comfort zone.” To that end, it may be more important to lock in today’s relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.
Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today’s market.