start march

The F.L. Schlagle High School Marching Band performs at the Start March pep rally.

Julian Zugazagoitia, the director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, wears a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars with his suit during the Start March pep rally.

Former UCLA and NBA player Lucius Allen speaks at the Smart March pep rally.

CBS College Sports’ Roger Twibell emcees the Start March pep rally.

John McCarthy, Chair of the Kansas City Collegiate Basketball Association, talks with the Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkoff and Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski after the Start March pep rally.

The College Basketball Experience’s¬†National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri was the location for a VIP reception after the Start March pep rally.

Recently, I photographed the ‘Start March. . . Where the Road Begins’ pep rally at the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. The pep rally featured dance teams, cheerleaders and a pep band. The event concluded with the lighting of a giant basketball that remains lit until the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship game on April 5. The pep rally was organized by John McCarthy, Chair of the Kansas City Collegiate Basketball Association, as a month-long celebration of college basketball postseason play in Kansas City, the “College Basketball Capital of America.”

Kansas City hosts more college basketball games in March than any city in the United States with the MIAA Men’s and Women’s Championships, the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Championships, and the NAIA Division I Men’s National Championship. Kansas City has hosted the most NCAA Final Fours and is the home of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

-scott weaver

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