Charlie’s House Hires John McCarthy as executive director

Former College Coach and Athletic Director Teams Up with Local Non-Profit to Help Keep Kids Safe

KANSAS CITY, MO (February, 21, 2013) – Charlie’s House is pleased to announce that John McCarthy has recently joined the non-profit organization as executive director.

For the past 20 years, McCarthy has held various leadership positions in college athletics. He has served as head basketball coach for Wilmington College, New Castle, DE; athletic director for Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL; founder of the Collegiate Basketball Invitational; and director of the NAIA's Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

“John has a strong track record for creating partnerships and inspiring people to take action and volunteer,” Brett Horn, board member of Charlie’s House, said. “But it was his dedication and passion for helping young people that makes him an the ideal executive director to move Charlie’s House forward.”

McCarthy, a native of Wadsworth, OH, graduated from the University of Delaware and holds a Master of Sports and Athletic Administration from Lynn University. He lives in the Northland with his wife Christine and son Sean, and is also an active public speaker, writer, and ambassador for the game of basketball.

“My goal is to support the leadership and volunteers of Charlie’s House on their educational and fundraising efforts in the Kansas City community and beyond,” McCarthy said. “As a father and youth advocate, I am not only professionally, but personally committed to the mission of keeping children safe.” On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30’ dresser in his own home. Charlie’s House was established a short time later with the goal of preventing injuries to children in and around the home. To learn more please visit and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Charlie’s House Safety Quick Fact According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in 2009, suicide was the third leading cause of death for American youth 15 to 19 years of age. Firearms remained the most common method used for suicide in this age group. The AAP advises that guns in the environment of a child pose a significant risk.

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