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CTU Kansas City Named Sponsor of City’s New American Basketball Association Team

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser helped announce the Kansas City STARS as the city’s new American Basketball Association (ABA) team during a Sept. 2 press conference. Colorado Technical University (CTU) Kansas City also was officially introduced as a sponsor of the STARS, demonstrating the team’s commitment to the community and education. “This is a winning partnership,” said CTU Kansas City President Tim Gramling, who spoke at the press conference. “Just like the Kansas City STARS, we’re dedicated to excellence and education. Through our sponsorship, we will have the opportunity to partner with several local high schools and encourage students to pursue their dreams and develop their talents.”

Gramling shared the university’s plan to collaborate with the STARS and the community to improve educational opportunities for the metropolitan area’s youth. CTU Kansas City will help teachers at three local high schools learn about the latest learning techniques, while also providing educational guidance to their students. In addition, the court at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City – where the STARS will play 15 home games – will be named the CTU Kansas City Floor. The players’ jerseys will also feature the CTU Kansas City logo. The first home game is on Nov. 27.

Shown in the picture from left to right: Assistant Coach Dennis Still, Head Coach Rodney Perry, CEO of Fame, Sports and Entertainment David Francis (the owner of the Stars), Mayor Mark Funkhouser, CTU Kansas City President Tim Gramling, Vice President of the Kansas City Star Newspaper Chris Christian, and Assistant Coach Darryl Johnson. Honorary team jerseys were presented to Gramling and others during the press conference.