Awards and Recognitions


Athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected based on participation, sportsmanship, training hours and attitude towards the Special Olympics program.  Nominations are accepted at the beginning of each year, and announcements are made at the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games.  Click here for a listing of athletes from 1977-present inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Special Olympics Kansas Hall of Fame is located at the Headquarters office in Mission.

2017 Hall of Fame

New Hope Bulldogs
Dodge City Dodgers
Wichita Independents
Wichita Independents
Allen County


Most Inspirational Athletes (MIA’s) are selected at three of the state competitions, John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games, State Basketball & Cheerleading Tournament and Summer Games. Basketball and Summer Games athletes are nominated by their coaches at the competition, and then selected by a panel of judges. Winter Games athletes come from several states and therefore the MIA is selected by a panel of judges at the event.

The most recent MIA’s are:

Summer Games 2017
Rodnel Turner, Topeka Shawnee

State Basketball and Cheerleading 2017
Tristian Smith, Harvey County Wildcats

2016 Making a Difference Award Winners 

It is an honor to recognize outstanding service to our organization, and these winners represent the best of the best. They have made a significant difference in the lives of our athletes, in our programming, and in our mission.  SOKS is proud to recognize their accomplishments.

Making A Difference Awards-State Winners 2016

Congratulations also to the Regional Winners who were also entered in to the State Competition:
Coach                                   Joy Riebel, Allen County and ANW Coop, Southeast Region
Businesses:                         KC Supply Company, Metro Region;
                                              Pittsburg State Athletic Department, Southeast Region
Families:                               Schnee Family, Manhattan Sports Club, North Central Region;
                                              Jerad Leatherman Family, New Hope Bulldogs, Southeast Region
Program Volunteers:         Rachel and Adam Rolf, Douglas County Young Athletes, Metro Region;
                                              Mick Tedlock, SEK Interlocal, Southeast Region
Special Event Volunteers:  Melanie Busse, Winter Games and Fall Sports Classic GMT member, Metro Region;
                                              Ashley Previty, LETR, North Central;
                                              Darren Decker, Sports Memorabilia Auction, South Central

Thank you all for your time and dedication to SOKS!

Don’t see the name of someone you think deserves to be recognized and thanked?  Then please consider nominating them for an award this year.  For questions and/or to submit nomination forms contact Heather at, fax 913.236.9771. Nomination Forms and Awards Criteria are available under the documents tab.  Please download and save to your computer before completing the forms. Nominations can be mailed in at any time during the year.

Final deadline for 2018 entries is December 7, 2018.   Look in the right column under nomination forms to download the relevant form.