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Kevin Gray Player of the Year Awards

Keving Gray Fathers Day Run

Sporting Kansas City and GSI established the Kevin Gray Player of the Year Awards in 2011, for soccer players in the Kansas City area in honor and memory of the late Kansas City Sports Commission president Kevin Gray. 

Keving Gray Player of the Year AwardsThe Kevin Gray Awards consist of honors for both a male and female Youth Player of the Year given to local high school seniors based on their performance in both high school and club soccer throughout the year. An Adult Player of the Year award will also be given to a current collegiate or professional player with Kansas City roots.

"With Kevin Gray's passing, Kansas City lost a great champion for its amateur and professional sports programs," Sporting Kansas City Chief Operating Officer Greg Cotton said.  "Kevin was a fierce advocate for the sport of soccer at all levels, and this important award could not have been more appropriately named."

Caroline Gray of St. Teresa's Academy, Nick Besler of Blue Valley West High School and Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City were chosen as the inaugural winners in 2011, by a selection committee of coaches involved in high-school, club, college and professional soccer in Kansas City.
In 2012 the honors were given to Allie Stephenson of Lee's Summit North High School, Derek Schrick of Rockhurst High School and Adrianna Franche of Oklahoma State University.

"Kansas City is developing high level soccer players and I thoroughly believe there to be a need to recognize the excellent performances of our area players," said GSI Sports Manager Huw Williams.

"I also believe there to be no better person than Kevin Gray to have the award named after. Kevin was a champion for and a supporter of soccer for over 20 years."

Keving Gray Fathers Day RunThe 2013 awards ceremony, co-sponsored by Sporting Kansas City and Global Sports International, will be held Saturday July 13 at Sporting Park prior to the start of Sporting Kansas City's match against Toronto FC.

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