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 Marriott Downtown - Muehlebach Tower
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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Actor/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years. Most recently, Riggle co-starred with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal Pictures’ Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb & Dumber. Since its November 2014 release, Dumb & Dumber To has grossed over $169 million to date.
Last summer, Riggle co-starred Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson in Twentieth Century Fox’s buddy comedy, Let’s Be Cops, which grossed over $136 million worldwide. He also co-starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in Sony Picture’s hit comedy, 22 Jump Street, which grossed over $331 million worldwide. 22 Jump Street was the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street in which Rob also starred.
Up next, Riggle will be seen in GFM Films’ Absolutely Anything with Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams and Simon Pegg. He will soon be executive producing and starring in a pilot for Twentieth Century Fox Television based on the Austrian comedy series Braunschlag, in which he’ll play a small town mayor committed to saving his struggling community.
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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 snapped a 29 year playoff drought and captured the American League Championship. The Royals were also named Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2014. The Wichita native, along with his wife Marianne, is very involved with the Greater Kansas City community from speaking at numerous community events each year to starting the “C” You in the Major Leagues Foundation, in 2013, as a way to support youth baseball, education, families in crisis and faith-based programs and organizations. Moore also serves on multiple community boards around Kansas City.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year: Shane Ray
The SEC’s Defensive Football Player of the Year is a powerhouse on the field for the University of Missouri. Shane leads the SEC in sacks per game, tackles for a loss per game, and named a consensus First Team All-American. Shane attended Bishop Miege High School where he helped lead his team to a 4A state title his junior year. This rough around the edges, projected top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, football player has used his late found athletic skills to steer him in the right direction with his life. Shane uses this same discipline and dedication off the field working with local youths at the Boys and Girls Club. Shane also gives back to the community by volunteering at the local food pantry.
Finalists: Jack Sock, Ross Guigon, Daylen Robinson
Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Bobbi Walden
Bobbi Walden is the Drug Free National Powerlifting Champion and is responsible for rewriting the Kansas State record book for her weight class. Over the past two years, Bobbie has ranked #23, #27 and #28 for best lifting totals of all women in the United States. She has also coached a lifter who won both the National Championship and World Championship in Powerlifting. Walden, a Lansing, Kansas native attended the University of Kansas where she was commissioned in the U.S. Army and is currently serving as a Second Lieutenant.
Finalists: Logan Weber, Heavin Warner, Wanessa Siqueira
Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year: Mike Talamantes
Mike Talamates is Park University’s head men’s and women’s volleyball coach. He is the winningest volleyball coach at Park. 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.
Finalists: Christi Posey, Jim Aziere, Ned Yost
Sprint Co-Community Champion: Nick 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 Marriott Downtown 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