Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.

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Mud Volleyball Success Benefits Youth with Vision Efforts

One of the interesting scenes from the June 24 Mud Mania involved a "shoe hunt." More important was the successful search for funds raised by the event to help support Youth with Vision and its efforts to prevent substance abuse and promote healthy communities.

Youth With Vision (YWV) hosted the annual Mud Mania tournament June 24 at Smithville Lake with 32 teams enjoying a fun day of important fund raising.

The Smithville Big Digs earned top spot for their efforts. The team included Brandon Perkins, Seth Butler, Bryan Lankford, Matt Carey, Cody Cummings and Drew Carey.

Northland athletes from Parkville, North Kansas City and Kansas City North teamed up as “Mud Light” to take second place. The team included Hannah Tuggle and brother Sean Tuggle (Parkville), Kelvin Bristol (Kansas City, North) and North Kansas Citians Chris VanGorder, Morgan Conner and Tyler Lopez.

The KC North team “Da Parkers” claimed the bronze. The third place victors were Summer Parker and Brandy Stephenson, Brent Laughman, Tom Klender, Tim Ziegler, Chris Fernandez and Hunter Parker.

All money raised at the event will help fund substance abuse prevention programming in area schools and legislative efforts on behalf of Youth With Vision, a student leadership advocacy council of the Northland Coalition.

The group, which has the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, is composed of dedicated high school students from Clay, Platte and Ray counties. They have been nationally recognized for their success in changing social norms by educating their peers about the reality of the negative impact substances have on their health and futures.

For more information about YWV contact Tri-County Mental Health Youth Prevention Specialist Sherri Miller at or 816-965-1018.

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