Events - Pride of Kansas & Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Awards

Pride of Kansas & Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Awards

Given periodically as the second highest honors by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Pride of Kansas Award and the Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Award honor contributions to the athletic legacy of the state of Kansas. The Pride of Kansas Award is given "to Kansas coaches and athletes who achieved a lifetime of greatness on the field of competition while maintaining the highest level of integrity in positively influencing the lives of youth in the state." The Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Award is given to those "in recognition of those Kansans whose contributions to sports over a lifetime, created a lasting and positive impact on youth and sports, and significantly enhanced the quality of life for all." Ceremonies for both awards are conducted at athletic events important to the honorees.

For more information or to nominate someone for a Pride of Kansas or Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Award, please call or email us at: 316-262-2038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Pride of Kansas Award is made possible through the generous sponsorship by the Capitol Federal Foundation.

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October 17, 2014

Pride of Kansas Award is presented posthumously to the family of Iola native William Glenn Percy before the Iola High School v. Burlington High School football game in Iola, Kansas. KSHOF Trustee J.D. Ettore and KSHOF Directore Jordan Poland presented the award.

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Photos courtesy of the Iola Register.

 

July 13, 2014

Former Topeka High, Washburn University, and semipro pitcher Charles "Chick" Gordon receives a Pride of Kansas Award before the championship game of the Under 11 Tournament at the Sunflower State Games in his hometown of Topeka. KSHOF Trustees Dr. Mike McCoy and Ken Berry presented the award.

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L to R: KSHOF Trustee Dr. Mike McCoy, KSHOF Trustee Ken Berry, Charles "Chick" Gordon

 

November 2, 2013

 World renowned artist Ted Watts receives Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Award at Pittsburg State University football game.

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L to R: Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott, Ted Watts, KSHOF President/CEO Ted Hayes

 

February 23, 2013

Cowley College softball coach Ed Hargrove was honored with the Pride of Kansas Award during a Cowley College basketball game.

 

September 7, 2012

LeRoy native Bill Freeman was honored with the Pride of Kansas Award at a ceremony before a LeRoy High School football game.

 

May 29, 2012

Junction City's Wayne Dishman was honored with the Distinguished Kansas Sportsman Award during the opening ceremonies of the Junior Baseball Association 2012 season at Rathert Park.

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L to R: KSHOF President/CEO Ted Hayes, Wayne Dishman, Ruth Dishman