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.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on December 3.