Honorees

2017 Honorees

Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
Eric Driskell, Blue Valley High School Football Coach, awarded posthumously

Children’s Mercy Community Champion
Dan Sudeikis, Team Host Chair of the Host Committee for Kansas City Basketball events.

JE Dunn Sportswoman of the Year
Cassie Wait, Libero for University of Kansas Volleyball

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
Kyle Zimmerman, Quarterback, Northwest Missouri State

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year
Dr. Bob Boerigter, Former Commissioner, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

Past Honorees

Award_Winners_300wide2016
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
Ned Yost, Manager of the Kansas City Royals and 2015 World Series Champion

Children’s Mercy Community Champion
Darryl Forte, Police Chief of Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year
Becky Sauerbrunn, Defender for FC Kansas City and 2015 World Cup Champion

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
Eric Berry, Safety for the Kansas City Chiefs

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year
Brenda Tinnen, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Sprint Center

2015
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
Award Winners_300Mike Talamantes, Head Volleyball Coach for Park University Men’s & Women’s 2014 NAIA National Champion Teams

Sprint Community Co-Champions
Nick Hibbeler, Park Hill High School Soccer Player & Cancer Survivor
Mike Grossner, Baker University Head Football Coach & Cancer Survivor

Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year
Bobbi Walden, National Powerlifting Champion & Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
Shane Ray, 2014 SEC Defensive Football Player of the Year from the University of Missouri

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year
Dayton Moore, Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals

2014
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
WinnersAdam Dorrel, Head Coach of the 2013 undefeated Divion II National Champion Northwest Missouri State University Football Team

Sprint Community Champion
Shawnee Mission West Football Community, Unified community through adversity in sports

Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year
Shannon Vreeland, 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer in the 800-meter freestyle relay

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
Matt Besler, Starting Defender for the MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City and member of the U.S. Men’s National Team

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year
Clark Hunt, Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs

2013
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year
2013_WinnersBill Snyder, Head Football Coach, Kansas State University

Sprint Community Champion
John Denison, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and Niles Media Group

Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year
Kelly Dippold, World Triathlon Champion

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year
Colin Dougherty, Leavenworth High School Student-Athlete

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year
Rob Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club, the partner organization of Sporting Kansas City

2016 Kansas City Sports Commission

Year in Review

2016 Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year

Brenda Tinnen

2016 Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year

Ned Yost

2016 Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year

Eric Berry

2016 Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year

Becky Sauerbrunn

2016 Children's Mercy Community Champions

Darryl Forte