Six local individuals or groups will be recognized with awards for their contributions and achievements in sports and fitness at the annual WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration presented by Price Chopper.
This is the largest luncheon in the country celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
The Children’s Mercy Youth Sports Girl Award will be presented to Ryleigh Patience. Ryleigh was diagnosed with Hurler’s Syndrome when she was 3-years-old. Ryleigh was told she may not live to be 10 yet now at the age of 12, she is living an active life. Ryleigh currently plays softball despite the physical challenges many children with Hurler Syndrome face. She also has a special relationship with the University of Missouri softball team. She is not just their bat girl or cheerleader, but players and coaches alike will say Ryleigh is a part of the team. Ryleigh is an extraordinary girl with a fighting spirit, huge heart, and an even bigger desire to be a part of the game.
The Lockton Resiliency Award will be presented to Allison Shewmaker. Allison is a senior on the Fort Osage High School cross country team and has not missed a single race. At the age of 18 months, Allison was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Many kids with this condition are often confined to crutches or even a wheelchair. Being born with a disability like cerebral palsy, Allison has to work harder than most athletes. Allison also excels in the classroom and is on the school honor roll. She hopes to one day run in the Special Olympics for Team USA.
The Kissick Construction Teamwork Award will be presented to Amy Fangman. Amy personifies the true spirit of sport through her work and advocacy for Tennis West, a program she founded in 2013 in western Shawnee. Amy’s vision was simple, create an affordable opportunity for youth to be exposed to and play tennis. The program has grown leaps and bounds from a handful of kids in 2013, to over 150 last summer because of Amy’s passion, magnetism and energy. She values that tennis allows participants to play a sport for a lifetime and her desire to teach youth of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds is contagious.
The UMB Senior Sportswoman Award will be presented to Pam Davenport. Pam has been a competitive athlete for nearly fifty years beginning at the age of 12 on the swim team at the neighborhood pool, to tennis, volleyball and swim teams in high school and college and qualifying for Team USA for the past nine years. Pam competes in triathlon, duathlon, and aquathlon events around the world and has participated in two ironman distance competitions. At age 60, she placed fifth in her age group at ITU Worlds in Long Distance Triathlon. Pam is a role model for children and a mentor for adults and shares her expertise and passion not only through her competitions but in her everyday life through training others.
The Hallmark Cards Leadership Award will be presented to Justice Collins. Justice is not the leading scorer or star player for the UMKC Women’s Basketball team. Instead, she is the team role model, confidant and leader. She serves on the UMKC and National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is the only student-athlete and student in general on the UMKC Women’s Center Advisory Committee. Justice recently joined the newly formed NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee as the only student-athlete on the committee. In her free time, Justice helps and mentors teammates, student-athletes and students by promoting #ProjectMack, which is about living a life full of impact and Justice is doing just that every day.
The BKD WOW Award is presented to Denise Henning. Denise was a founding member of WIN for KC where she helped shape and guide WIN’s impact and empowerment throughout the community. After losing her husband to a heart attack at their son’s baseball game, Denise and her sons formed The Henning Family Foundation to help prevent the tragedy from happening to other families by distributing AEDs to youth sports venues and other public places throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Denise passed away from breast cancer in September 2016.
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