2013 Making a Difference Award Winners
We truly appreciate your outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Kansas.
Regional Outstanding Coaches
Gene Mudd, South Central; Kim Schnee, North Central; and Irene Smith, Southeast
Regional Outstanding Families
The Tanner Family, Metro and the Mentlick Family, West
Regional Outstanding Businesses
Wilcat Frozen Custard, North Central; Wichita Collegiate "Values in Action" Class, South Central;
Fox 14& KOAM-TV, Southeast; and Sedona Trucking, West
Regional Outstanding Program Volunteers
Itzel Soto, Metro; Chrissie Nixon, South Central; John Lair, Southeast; and Dave and Mary VanSchuyver, West
Regional Outstanding Special Event Volunteers
Ashley Geneser, Metro; Steven Geist, North Central; Rob Emery, Southeast; and Karlene Buechman, West
Please consider nominating someone who deserves to be recognized. For questions and/or to submit nomination forms contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 913.236.9771. Nomination forms and Awards Criteria are available under the documents tab. Please download and save to your computer before completing the forms. Nominations can be mailed in at any time during the year.
Final deadline for 2014 entries is December 3, 2014. Look in the right column under the documents tab for the nomination forms.
HALL OF FAME
Athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected based on participation, sportsmanship, training hours and attitude towards the Special Olympics program. Nominations are accepted at the beginning of each year, and announcements are made at the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games. Click here for a listing of athletes from 1977-present inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Special Olympics Kansas Hall of Fame is located at the Headquarters office in Mission.
2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
MOST INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETES
Most Inspirational Athletes (MIA's) are selected at three of the state competitions, John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games, State Basketball & Cheerleading Tournament and Summer Games. Basketball and Summer Games athletes are nominated by their coaches at the competition, and then selected by a panel of judges. Winter Games athletes come from several states and therefore the MIA is selected by a panel of judges at the event.
The most recent MIA's are:
Summer Games 2014 - Shawn Bengston, Topeka Jnr. Blues
John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games 2012 - Andy Martinez (Platte Co, MO)
State Basketball/Cheerleading 2014 - Emily Farrant, Junction City Pacesetters
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