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Sports Women in the News

Emmy Kaiser, of Fort Mitchell, will play on U.S. Paralympic wheelchair tennis team in Brazil

Cincinnati native, a Mount Notre Dame grad, named to Olympic volleyball team

The 24th Annual Girl's and Women's Sports Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 24, 2017

Location - Schiff Banquet & Conference Center, Cintas Center, on the campus of Xavier University.

 

 Reservation Deadline April 17, 2017
 

2017 Honorees

Collegiate Honorees

Abby Owings, Thomas More College, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Basketball

Pei Lin, Miami University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Diving

Taylor Schuey, Miami University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Softball

Laura Felix, Thomas More College, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Soccer

Jacqueline Keire, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Swimming

Sydney Liggins, Xavier University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Tennis

Annette Echikunwoke, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Track & Field

Jordan Thompson, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Volleyball

High School Honorees

Elle Buffenbarger, Mason High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Softball

Hayley Bush, Ryle High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Volleyball

J’Alyiea Smith, Withrow High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Track & Field

Samantha Bush, Turpin High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Cross Country

Sophie Gorman, McNicholas High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Soccer

Ally Neace, Simon Kenton High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Basketball

Allison Bloebaum, Mason High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Swimming

Natalia Sompolvorachal, Lakota West High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Golf

Emily Thomas, Princeton High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Tennis

Audrey Wilson, Seven Hills, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Bowling

Special Designation Honorees

Susan Lipnickey, Xavier University, 2017 Huisman Administrator of the Year

Bill Keating Jr., KMK Law, 2017 Donna DeVarona Spirit Award

Emma Savarese, Ursuline Academy, 2017 Lauren Hill Courage Award

Iris Simpson Bush, Flying Pig Marathon, 2017 Lifetime of Service to Women’s Sports Award

Coach of the Year

Susan Seaton, University of Cincinnati, 2017 College Coach of the Year (Track & Field)

Tony Harden, St. Henry High School, 2017 High School Coach of the Year (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Women’s Sports Advocate Honorees

St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 2017 Business of the Year

Marcia Yager, 2017 Master Sportswoman of the Year

Tori Doss, Xavier University, 2017 Inspirational Story of the Year    


The Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association, a non-profit organization affiliated as a Women's Sports Foundation community action program, will sponsor an awards dinner to recognize and honor the best email athletes and coaches at the club, high school, college, and masters levels.  There are over 50,000 girls and women participating in competitive sports in our region and we recognize and honor more than 50 of the top athletes, including the College Sportswoman of the Year, the High School Sportswoman of the Year and the High School & College Coaches of the Year.

The awards dinner is a festive evening with more than 400 people in attendance, emceed by local female TV personality, Betsy Ross, WXIX-TV Sports Reporter, and Cammy Dierking, WKRC-TV News Anchor, motivational speaker and prominent female sports figure in our community.
 
GCNKWSA Representative, Bill Keating,
Recipient of the WE Celebrate Empowerment Award 

The WE Celebrate Empowerment Award (formerly known as the Business Mentor of the Year Award) is designed to acknowledge a person whose mentoring, coaching and advocacy contributions have made a significant impact on the careers of women.

Jane Meier, founding member of the GCNKWSA, says, "Bill Keating, Jr. is a valuable partner with the girls and women’s sports community in the Greater Cincinnati area at every level. Bill has been active in numerous academic and athletic programs for boys and girls in Greater Cincinnati for more than 35 years. His involvement and promotion of girls and women’s sports spans two universities (UC and XU), the Friars Club, Girls!CAN, the Harmony Project and the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association.  Bill has worked tirelessly for all women to have the same opportunities he had as a male student-athlete and he asks for nothing in return except support of the cause!"

Highlights from Bill's nomination include: his "Sellout the Shootout" challenge, his advocacy for Jenny Kemp's induction into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame, his mentorship and support of female professionals, his support of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association.

Bill's mission is to invite our community to participate and support females in our community.

To start mentoring the next generation, Bill organized the “Sell Out the Shootout” for the University of Cincinnati and Xavier Women's Basketball Crosstown Game. It was the first-ever sell out game and largest crowd for a women’s regular season game in college basketball history forCincinnati.

In his own words, "my goal of the Women's Shootout was to get 10,000 grade school and high school girls in the stands and plant this seed: if you chase your dreams, you can accomplish anything in life. Secondly, my vision was to generate excitement showcasing female sportswhile building a fan base to attract corporate sponsors."

Because of Bill's significant work and impact on behalf of women in our community, he was able to channel the surplus proceeds of the Women's Shootout to start an inner city girls basketball league with the Friars Club in support of his mission for the next generation.

Bill has served on the board of various organizations that contribute to females, including Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association, Girls on the Run, and St. Ursula Academy.






Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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