Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the
Wichita Corporate Challenge
Prairie Fire Marathon October 9, 2016
Welcome to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission
We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com
June 6, 2016 3:00 p.m. CST
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the finalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The Johnny Bench Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
• Zack Collins, University of Miami JR
• Logan Ice, Oregon State University JR
• Keith Skinner, University of North Florida SR
A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.Read more...
2016 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
June 30, 2016 -
It was an evening of celebration at the 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet as local awards were handed out in various categories. The event concluded with Johnny Bench, former Cincinnati Reds catcher and Hall of Famer, as he presented the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com to Miami catcher, Zack Collins. Logan Ice of Oregon State and Keith Skinner of North Florida were also finalists for the award.
The annual banquet recognizes the achievements and dedication of local youth, high school, college and professional athletes and coaches. The winners were:
• Amanda Kakoulias, Andover Central High School – Lynette Woodard High School Female Athlete of the Year
• Creighton Sanders, Wichita Heights High School – Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year
• Brynn Minor, Butler Community College – Junior College Female Athlete of the Year
• Brylie Ware, Neosho County Community College – Junior College Male Athlete of the Year
• Cacy Williams, Wichita State University – College Female Athlete of the Year
• Ron Baker, Wichita State University – College Male Athlete of the Year
• Clarence Anderson, Wichita Force – Professional Athlete of the Year
• Mitch Fiegel, Wichita Collegiate High School – High School Coach of the Year (Men’s Sports)
• Antwain Scales, Wichita South High School – High School Coach of the Year (Women’s Sports)
• Doug Chance, Butler Community College– Gene Stephenson Coach of the Year
• Wichita Force – Award of Success
• Wichita Collegiate School – Award of Appreciation
• Zack Collins, University of Miami – Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year
Former MLB catcher, Jim Sundberg delivered the keynote address, delivering an inspiring message about turning negatives into positives in order to persevere and keep going forward.
As a token of appreciation, Johnny Bench gave his commemorative ring celebrating the Reds 40th anniversary of their World Series to Bob Hanson for his work on the annual award.
“The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission would like to congratulate all of the award finalists and especially Zack Collins, the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year,” stated Bob Hanson, president/CEO. “They represent their teams and universities in a remarkable manner.”
2016 Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - It was a cool, Spring day as 2,400 runners took to the streets of Wichita for the 2016 Prairie Fire Spring Races.
Peter Chebii of Wichita won the men's half marathon in 1:07:42. Valentine Kibet of High Falls NY took the ladies crown with a time of 1:18:04.
In the 5K race, Matt Fouts of Goddard led the pack with a time of 18:48. The female winner, Jalayne Bacon of Wichita, finished in 2nd overall with a time of 19:12.
The Prairie Fire Marathon will take place on October 9, 2016. Along with the 26.2 mile event will be a half marathon, 5K, youth marathon and one mile fun run/walk.
Visit www.prairiefiremarathon.com to view a complete list of race results or to learn how you can participate in the fall races.
NCAA selects Wichita to host in 2018
WICHITA, Kan., 11/17/14— A news conference today at 1:30 p.m. announced that NCAA chose Wichita State University and the Missouri Valley Conference to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on March 15 & 17, 2018 at INTRUST Bank Arena.
“Today is another example of the Shocker excitement that has Wichita charged,” said Eric Sexton, Wichita State University Director of Athletics. “WSU, in conjunction with the Missouri Valley Conference, is thrilled to be the host institution for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. As we did with last year’s historic season, WSU will continue to represent Wichita with poise and class.”
“It’s a testament to how much Wichita loves basketball,” added A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager for INTRUST Bank Arena. “We realize how much this means to the community and cannot wait to have Wichita’s world-class facilities in the national spotlight.”
“Throughout the arena’s construction, we all had dreams of hosting this tournament,” said Bob Hanson, president and CEO for the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “During the 2004 campaign, the most frequently asked question was whether or not Wichita could host the NCAA tournament again. As we build toward 2018, the Sports Commission will continue to advocate for hosting the very finest sporting events.
Wichita was selected from a highly competitive group of qualified cities. Collaboration between the partners who submitted the bid and WSU’s basketball momentum helped position Wichita well.
Seven entities including Wichita State University, the Missouri Valley Conference, INTRUST Bank Arena, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita came together to create a winning bid. The comprehensive bid packet showed Wichita had the necessary facilities and a supportive community to host fun events such as a proposed three-day Fanfest.
“Wichita will provide a fantastic welcome to sports fans from across the country,” said Susie Santo, Go Wichita President and CEO. “Visitors will not only enjoy great basketball but also the community’s numerous amenities and well-known hospitality. This is a huge win for Wichita.”