Annual Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon WIN for KC Honors Six Local Residents
The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC) was established in 1994 with the mission to empower girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN is a volunteer, membership-driven organization that operates as a program under the umbrella of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.
WIN for KC exists because its volunteers and contributors believe in the physical and emotional wellbeing of girls and women through involvement in sports and fitness. WIN for KC events and programs include participation and networking opportunities, leadership seminars, and promotions of women’s events. WIN also recognizes girls and women’s contributions to sport and advocates for equal opportunities. Studies show that girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports (Women’s Sports Foundation 2001).
The WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The luncheon will honor the following six outstanding local residents for their contributions and achievements in sports and fitness, will recognize local high-school female state champions and will feature keynote speaker, six-time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Amy Van-Dyken Rouen.
Sprint Teamwork Award: Louisburg High
School Girls’ Soccer Fundraising Committee
It has been over 40 years since Title IX was passed in 1972. However, some female athletes still do not have access to the sports they love. The Louisburg High School Girls’ Soccer Fundraising Committee has done its part to change that.
The committee, made up of parents, members of the Louisburg Soccer Club and community leaders, has dedicated themselves for the past two years to starting a Girls’ Soccer program at Louisburg High School. After receiving initial school board approval, the committee was faced with another challenge, raise enough money to fund the program for three years.
In February 2014, the committee was granted approval by the board to raise the $40,000 needed to fund the program. Through t-shirt sales, fundraising and even a European Tower Shoot, the group raised the money and on December 8 was given board approval.
After a successful fundraising campaign, the team is now set to play its first season in the spring of 2016, allowing young players to continue the sport they love and the current high school players a chance to be recognized by colleges and possibly earn a scholarship.
Award: Tracey Davies
In 1998, following four years of rugby at Truman State University, Tracey Davies requested a grant from the Heart of America R.F.U. board to support her Under-23 National Team Tour to England. The board provided the funds, but, in return, challenged Tracey to give back to the region. In response, Tracey and a dedicated group of coaches became the catalysts for the creation of seven high school rugby teams and a youth rugby league.
At age 23, Tracey started the Kansas City Dragons, a city-wide high school girl’s rugby team, in addition to playing for the Kansas City Jazz and U.S. National Team. Tracey and the Dragons provided a launching point for four girls and three boys’ high school rugby teams. In addition to these teams, a former Dragon is responsible for starting a youth rugby league that utilizes Rookie Rugby, a program designed by USA Rugby that teaches younger children the sport of rugby.
Tracey now coaches the Liberty Jay and Lady Jay Rugby teams at Liberty High School, in addition to volunteering her time with numerous rugby clinics and camps, including Camp WIN, each summer. Her willingness to give back to the community has inspired a generation of female athletes and coaches who are continuing what she started for rugby in Kansas City.
UMB Senior Sportswoman Award:
Caroline Helmkamp has ridden her bike from Washington D.C. to Jefferson City, from Wyoming back to Kansas City and in several foreign countries; she is a founding member of Revolve, Inc. And this is all after retiring from years of teaching in the Kansas City Public School District.
She and her husband downsized to one vehicle so she often chooses to leave her car at home and pedal her way to meetings and errands. Caroline helps all ages learn to ride as a certified cycling instructor. Her work with BikeWalkKC helps children learn bicycle safety and every week she co-leads a ride from Downtown Overland Park to help adults feel more comfortable riding around town.
As a founding board member of Revolve KC, Caroline has helped give hundreds of bicycles to people that cannot afford them, allowing them to get to work or stay healthy through physical activity. Revolve has also worked to help generate eight new Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Kansas City.
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Girl Award: Mariah Peters
Mariah Peters is not only a four-time all-state golfer at the Missouri High School level, but is also complemented by competitors and coaches for how encouraging she is, not only of her teammates, but those she competes against. A humble but fierce competitor, Mariah won her first individual state title in 2014 and helped Blue Springs win the 2014 Class 2 Team Championship for the first time in school history.
Mariah excels off the golf course as well. She is currently Salutatorian of the class of 2015, an officer in DECA (a school club that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management), is President of the National Honor Society, serves as a representative for Blue Springs High School on a youth advisory council for Eastern Jackson County and is a tutor for elementary and middle school students. In November of 2014, she received the Kenneth Smith Award. The award recognizes a Kansas City area golfer who best demonstrated excellence on the course, in the classroom and through community service.
Mariah credits what she has learned from sports for her success. From mental toughness to teamwork to resiliency, the skills golf taught her have carried over to being a successful leader and role model for those around her.
Lockton Companies Resiliency Award:
Mindy Corporon On April 13, 2014, a shooting shook Kansas City and the nation, but no one was more impacted than Mindy Corporon who lost her 14-year-old son, Reat Griffin Underwood and 69-year-old father, Dr. William Corporon.
Since that day, Mindy has overcome unimaginable grief with grace and strength. Mindy’s response to her loss resulted in national recognition and the formation of two foundations.
The Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Fund is a donor advised fund through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The Faith Always Wins Foundation is a 501c-3 and the operating arm of the donor advised funds.
In addition to resuming her working life as the CEO of Boyer Corporon Wealth Management, Mindy has also continued her participation in triathlons as a means of mending both body and spirit. Mindy participated in the 2014 WIN for KC Triathlon with friends, family and a growing following of supporters who are inspired by her faith and spirit. She has since traveled to Austin to compete in another triathlon.
The message of the Faith Always Wins Foundation and the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Foundation has now reached across the United States and the globe. As one means of showing support, many have bought Faith Always Wins shirts as far away as Europe and Australia.
Motivated by the faith in knowing her father and son are with her every day, Mindy sees physical activity as a way to keep the mind and body sharp as she, family and friends continue the healing process.
BKD WOW Award:Robin Sterneck
From volunteer to donor, participant to staff member, Robin Sterneck has done it all at WIN for KC.
After wrapping up a successful career on Wall Street, Robin Sterneck and her family moved to Kansas City where she worked on the team that ran GE Insurance. After settling into the community, Robin was introduced to WIN. After two years of volunteering and participating in the WIN for KC Triathlon, Robin joined the board and eventually became chair in 2011.
In 2012, her board chair term ended but Robin continued to stay active in WIN; serving on the board, introducing someone new to the triathlon each year, volunteering her time and becoming a significant financial contributor. However, WIN would eventually depend on her even more.
In 2013, during a period of transition, Robin stepped in as Interim Director, leading WIN through its 20th Anniversary preparations and kicking the year off with the most successful Women’s Sports Awards Luncheon to date. In the few months she worked from the office, Robin helped form two additional committees to guide a Camp WIN expansion and a WIN membership base, helped onboard a new Director and secured sponsorships to prepare WIN for a successful 2014; all while managing her family, consulting for several businesses and serving on multiple boards.
Congratulations To All Our Award Winners!
To learn more or to sponsor a table for this inspiring event, please email Lisa Diven at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816.389.4186. Visit us online at www.WINforKC.org.