The Kansas City Sports Commission on Wednesday announced six award winners who will be honored at the annual WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration on Feb. 1.
▪ Children’s Mercy Youth Sports Girl Award: Ryleigh Patience is a 12-year-old girl who plays softball despite the physical challenges of Hurler Syndrome, which she was diagnosed with when she was 3 years old.
▪ BKD WOW Award: Denise Henning was a founding member of WIN for KC and along with her sons formed The Henning Family Foundation to distribute automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to youth sports venues and other public places. She died from breast cancer in September.
▪ UMB Senior Sportswoman Award: Pam Davenport competes in triathlon, duathlon, and aquathlon events around the world and has participated in two Ironman competitions. Davenport, 60, placed fifth in her age group at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in September.
▪ Kissick Construction Teamwork Award: Amy Fangman founded Tennis West in 2013 to create an affordable opportunity for youth to be exposed to and play tennis. The program has grown to more than 150 kids last summer.
▪ Lockton Resiliency Award: Allison Shewmaker, who was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy when she was 18 months old, is a senior who competed on the Fort Osage High School cross country team.
▪ Hallmark Cards Leadership Award: Justice Collins, who plays on UMKC’s women’s basketball team, is the only student-athlete on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee. She also serves on other school and national committees.