"Leadership — On and Off the Field" 2021 Leadership Series Presentation featuring Kyle McClellan

Kyle McClellan
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:30am
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Rockhurst University welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and nonprofit entrepreneur Kyle McClellan as this year’s St. Louis Leadership Series speaker. Kyle’s keynote presentation will focus on his leadership while a pitcher for the World Series-winning 2011 Cardinals team and throughout his years of nonprofit work providing housing, medical and education services to families in Haiti and, more recently, in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. This event is presented by the Rockhurst University St. Louis Leaders Council.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105

Secure Your Sponsorships
Priority reservations are now open. To secure your sponsorship, please contact Ann Zanaboni at ann.zanaboni@rockhurst.edu or visit this page.

Individual Tickets
A limited number of individual tickets are on sale for $150/each and can be purchased here.

About Kyle McClellan and Brace For Impact 46
Former MLB pitcher and World Series Champion Kyle McClellan started Brace for IMPACT 46 in 2014 after he and his wife, Bridget, took a life-changing mission trip to Haiti, planning to help those in need, but were not braced for the IMPACT it would have on their lives. The 46 is the number Kyle wore on his St. Louis Cardinals jersey.

Through partnerships and trips to Haiti, Kyle and Bridget support the IDADEE Children’s Home and sustain community development in the area through education facilities and a medical clinic. In St. Louis, Brace for IMPACT 46 works to purchase and renovate housing for families and children living in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood of north St. Louis in partnership with local corporations and The Tabernacle Church (which also partners with Catholic Charities of St. Louis to serve residents in the North St. Louis area). The latter efforts are bolstered by the sales of Brace for IMPACT blend at Kaldi's Coffee, a St. Louis based roaster and coffeeshop, that is made from beans grown and harvested by Haitiian farmers.

Magis Award

Inspired by a group of alumni in St. Louis, the Magis Award is presented to a member of the Rockhurst community from the St. Louis area and epitomizes the Jesuit value of magis. 

Magis, “More” – striving to understand ourselves and others as people loved by God; to seek greater knowledge of the academic, spiritual and social disciplines; to give greater love, care and compassion for our neighbor; to find more purposeful and effective ways to carry out our work. Rockhurst University will posthumously honor Reggie Thorpe, ’71, as the 2021 Magis Award. Reggie’s love for RU, his friends, fraternity brothers and family was undeniable. He gave more by organizing and implementing the golf tournament for Rockhurst University for many years, attending more soccer games than any other fan in history, and was a light in this world. Reggie served in the National Guard, had a distinguished career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., was a champion fundraiser through his EMD Company, loved golf, travel, Cardinals baseball, supporting and fundraising for Rockhurst and spending time with his large circle of friends. Reggie passed away on April 11, 2021, right after his 72nd birthday. His legacy continues with an endowed scholarship, organized by his friends, which will help multiple RU students each year. To make a gift to the Reggie Thorpe Memorial Scholarship, go to rockhurst.edu/give.

Faber Young Alumni Award

The Faber Young Alumni award will be presented to Melody Schaeffer, ’12, because of her commitment to Rockhurst University and its mission. Melody is a member of the Rockhurst University St. Louis Leaders Council and is a champion of health care in the St. Louis area. She is committed to the service of others through her work as a community health manager at BJC Siteman Cancer Center. Melody is an adjunct professor at both Lindenwood and St. Louis Universities teaching nonprofit business, she will receive her Ph.D. in public health next year.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - $10,000

  • Two premier table locations for 20 guests
  • Stage presentation to start the program
  • Prominent representation at the event with logos on all materials
  • Sponsorship listing forefront of all signage
  • Company logo on video, program, web page and printed materials
  • Autographed baseballs by Kyle McClellan, keynote speaker and relief pitcher for the 2011 World Series Champion Cardinals

Jesuit Sponsor - $5,000

  • Premier table location for 10 guests
  • Company logo on all event materials and webpages including video, program, web page and printed materials

St. Louis Sponsor $3,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Company logo on all event materials and webpages including video, program, web page and printed materials

Mission Sponsor - $2,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Listing and acknowledgement in program

Individual tickets - $150