View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 6/18

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 18, 2010 - 2:42 PM

High school football is a major part of the community. It allows hundreds of young men the opportunity to learn and play a sport, represent their school and for some, earn money for college.

While the players, coaches and fans are the heart and soul of the sport others such as businesses and individuals are vital to maintaining and growing it throughout the Kansas City Metro.

One of those businesses that have been instrumental in the maintaining the overall health of high school football and benefitting all that it touches is the The McCarthy Auto Group. Owner John McCarthy and his family have been huge supporters of high school football and the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association in particular.

Thursday night at the annual GKCFCA Mo-Kan All-Star game The McCarthy Auto Group was front and center. The group gave a lucky fan the chance to win a new car of their choosing if they were able to make a 40-yard field goal at halftime.

The field goal fell short but for an event such as a high school all-star game to have a contest with such a prize is unusual. That sort of thing is usually reserved for the Big XII Championship game or a bowl game and the contest helped to elevate the status of the all-star game.

The contest is nice, but the real deal is what McCarthy does at the end of the season. The group donates $22,000 in the form of 22 $1,000 scholarships that the GKCFCA hands out to deserving football players for their achievements on and off the field.

Lauren McCarthy said The Group’s commitment to the sport comes from a love of football and a desire to help the athletes and the sport grow.

“We’re just happy to do it because these kids are so deserving,” Lauren said. “They are not only great athletes and they are so smart and always involved in the community.”

John McCarthy is a football fan and Lauren played sports in high school and college. The family passion for sports and helping people is evident in their work with the GKCFCA. The scholarships and sponsorships of events like the all-star game and the GKCFCA help to better the sport in many ways.

“I just have a passion for team sports,” Lauren said. “Dad loves football so I love it. I just love team sports.”

That passion from Lauren and the rest of The McCarthy Auto Group is huge part of the success of high school football in the Kansas City Metro and let’s hope it continues for a long time.

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach Dion send e-mail to