Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet
Celebrating 42 years, the Kansas City Sports Commission is hosting the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet.
Wednesday, April 15
Kansas City Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Towers
7 p.m. - Dinner/Program
Each year the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation honors outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports. The benefits of sport are long-standing and this awards banquet celebrates all the positive aspects of sports.
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Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year: Dayton Moore
Dayton Moore is the Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. Dayton and his staff have worked to build a consistently strong farm system that was rated by Baseball America, MLB.com and ESPN.com as the best in baseball in 2011. In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made won the American League Championship and lost the World Series in the seventh game. This Wichita native, along with his wife Marianne are very involved with the Kansas City community serving on multiple boards.
Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year: Shane Ray
The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year is a powerhouse on the field for the University of Missouri. Shane leads the SEC in sacks per game and TFLs per game. Shane has used his athletic skills to steer him in the right direction with his life and he uses the discipline and dedication off the field working with local youths at the Boys and Girls Club. Shane also gives back to the Columbia community by volunteering at the local food pantry.
Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Bobbi Walden
Bobbi is the Drug Free National Powerlifting Champion and has rewritten the Kansas State record book for her weight class. She is also a Second Lieutenant in the Army. Over the past two years Bobbie has ranked #23, #27 and #28 for best lifting totals of all women in the USA. She also coached a lifter who won both the National Championship and World Championship in Powerlifting.
Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year: Mike Talamantes
Mike is Park University’s head men’s and women’s volleyball coach. In 2014, both the men and women volleyball teams won their respective NAIA National Volleyball Championship, both beating the 2013 national champions. The women were the only undefeated team in all of college volleyball with a 40-0 record and a 120-6 record in sets. On and off the court he teaches the student-athletes hard work and how to plan for life.
Sprint Community Champion: Nicholas Hibbeler and Mike Grossner
Nick Hibbeler has been an inspiration to the Park Hill School District Community. In 2013 he was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer, has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries yet he still played soccer for his high school, club and state ODP team. Nick was selected as a finalist in USA Today’s Most Inspirational High School Athlete Contest and gave up his spot to Dom Cooks, a terminally ill basketball player from Washington.
As the head football coach at Baker University, Mike Grossner puts academics first and athletics second. This has resulted in 12 of his players being named NAIA Scholar-athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Eight days after losing the Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Mike was diagnosed with a stage 4 tumor on his throat. Then in October a sophomore football player committed suicide. Throughout all the tragedy Mike worked to bring the Baker community together through football to help everyone heal.
Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year is given to a local male athlete who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This athlete exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Kansas City community.
Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year is given to a local female athlete who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This athlete exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Kansas City community.
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year is given to a male or female coach who is currently or has been a coach in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This coach exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Kansas City community.
Sprint Community Champion is given to an individual sports fan, volunteer or advocate that has made a public and longstanding commitment to sports in the Kansas City community and is committed to bettering Kansas City through sports.
Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year is given to an individual in who is currently or has been in an administrator position in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports in Kansas City. This individual will be honored for their contributions as an administrator only, not for contributions as a coach or athlete. This award is nominated and voted on by members of the Kansas City Sports Commission Executive Committee.
Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year:
Clark Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO
Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year:
Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City and U.S. Men's Soccer Team Defender
Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year:
Shannon Vreeland, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year:
Adam Dorrel, Northwest Missouri State Head Football Coach
Sprint Community Champion:
Shawnee Mission West Football Community