Good news, Kansas City basketball fans! For the first time in nearly 20 years, KC will be the home of a professional basketball team. Beginning May 2016 the Kansas City Majestics will join the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) along with nearly 40 other developmental squads across nine regions. Though the home gym of the team is still unannounced, people hoping for a professional basketball team with the construction of the Sprint Center should take this as a good sign for the potential of more teams making their home in the city.
Jade Tinner will act as co-owner of the team. Tinner was previously a successful player for UMKC. Tinner was quoted by the Kansas City Star saying, “I’m so excited to get the opportunity to bring some great basketball to Kansas City.” During her time playing for the university, she was a fundamental part of her team. Over her career at UMKC, she is second in games played at 123, and sixth in field goal percentage at .513.
Acting as head coach and co-owner is former Kansas City native, Sarah Campbell. Over her career, Campbell played for University of Missouri then went on to play in the Women’s Basketball Association (WBA), as well as trying out for the United States Olympic team. During her time in the WBA Campbell played for the Missouri Mustangs, setting two scoring records 54 points, then later 62 points in a single game. Campbell told the Kansas City Star,“I have played on every level and have seen the highs and lows of the game. I am now in the position that I can give the same opportunity to young women that I had playing professional basketball.”
The Majestic will be in the Midwest Division along with the cross-state St. Louis Surge, Missouri Arch Angels and the Flyers Elite. Also in the division are teams in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The league’s website states, “The WBCBL’s mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older (by May 1st). The competition level ranges from former College players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current International players.”
No word yet on the home court of the Majestic or ticket pricing. However, the team is currently conducting tryout sessions. The first was on the Jan. 24 but the next two will be on Feb. 6 and Feb. 28. The price to take part in the sessions is $30 and $35 respectively. For that price, take part in the beginning of a new Kansas City institution and feel the excitement that comes with experiencing professional athletes compete.