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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

Emmy Kaiser of Fort Mitchell to Play on U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team

Rachel Adams, Mt. Notre Dame Grad, Named to Olympic Volleyball Team

2016 GCNKWSA Sportswomen of the Year

Morgan Hentz - High School Sportswoman of the Year

Sydney Moss - College Sportswoman 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, sponsored an awards dinner that recognized and honored the best female athletes and coaches at the club, high school and college, and masters levels.

The awards dinner was a festive evening with more than 500 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 a prominent female sport figure in our community.  

2016 Award Winners

2016 GCNKWSA Award Recipients

Lauren Hill Courage AwardAdrian EllMcNicholas H.S.

Alyssa StellerUrsuline Academy
Special Recognition AwardNell FookesBoone County H.S.
Donna de Varona Spirit of SportTeresa Cain 
Lifetime Service AwardCarolyn J. ConditMiami University

Senior Sportswoman of the YearPat Fettig 
Women's Sports Business AwardDavid KlineCampus Book & Supply
Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the YearGegory G. DennisSummit Country Day H.S.

High School Coach of the YearJoe BurkeMount Notre Dame H.S.
College Coach of the YearInako Puzo Miami University, Field Hockey

College Sportswomen - 8 - one per sport and Sportswoman of the Year

 Sydney Moss BasketballThomas More College
 Pei Lin DivingMiami University
 Bea Dechant Field HockeyMiami University
 Olivia Huber SoccerThomas More College
 Erika Leonard SoftballOhio State University
 Jacqueline Keire SwimmingUniversity of Cincinnati
 Erika Hurd Track & FieldUniversity of Cincinnati
 Abbey Bessler VolleyballXavier University

High School Sportswomen - 9 - one per sport and Sportswoman of the Year

Nia Staples Basketball Lakota West High School
Maddie Walker Cross-Country Amelia High School
Kellen Alsip Golf Sycamore High School
Malia Berkely Soccer Stephen T. Badin High School
Tara Trainer Softball Lebanon High School
Ashley Volpenhein Swimming Mason High School
Emily Thomas Tennis Princeton High School
Ayanna O'Neal Track & Field Withrow High School
Morgan Hentz Volleyball Notre Dame Academy

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 for Cincinnati.

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 sports while 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.

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