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The K.A.T.I.E. Award

The K.A.T.I.E. Award is reserved for a special person who demonstrates kindness and thoughtfulness in everything. A KATIE Award honoree creates a positive presence among teams and groups. The honoree:

  • Appreciates the privilege of participation
  • Sees the greater good in shared experiences
  • Goes out of their way to do the right thing
  • Leads by example
  • Brings comfort in the wake of disappointment
  • Builds and honors others
  • Cherishes the little things
  • Causes everyone to be better for the experience
  • Exudes peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

An honoree stands out, not for their accomplishment or achievement, but because they remind us we are all teammates in the game of life. They were likely “caught” demonstrating extraordinary kindness and thoughtfulness on many occasions. To them, however, it was a natural response given the circumstances. The KATIE award winner possesses an intangible quality, and exhibits all these characteristics with confidence and ease.

Long after the season or school year is over, the KATIE Award honoree is likely continuing to make the world a better place, one kind and thoughtful gesture after another.

May the K.A.T.I.E. Award celebrate those who serve as positive examples, and kindle that same spirit in everyone.


recipients awardThe EMW Soccer Board of Directors has chosen its list of recipients of the K.A.T.I.E. award. The list of the Soccer Club included Charlie Meyer, Erin McLaughlin, Natalie Szymanski and Kim Buehlmann.

Charlie Meyer, son of Mike and Katie, has shown a positive attitude on and off the soccer field on a consistent basis. The game may not be going the team’s way, but his positive energy has been called contagious and gets the rest of the team to play better. He often took time, without being asked, to guide the less skilled players.

Erin McLaughlin, daughter of Tom and Mollie, has shown that being a player and a referee is more than just playing a game. She often would guide, direct and even help move young players to the right place on the field. Her confidence and guidance would often work its way over to the parents and coaches as many were learning the game for the first time. Her understanding that helping others in their skills, rookie or veteran, makes the game more enjoyable. She may not be the loudest, but her kindness and efforts have shown through her work.

Natalie Szymanski, daughter to Ken and Juliet, teaches and guides adult coaches and junior coaches as a Junior Coach Director. Maturity and patience, direction and firm guidance are often traits not found in a young adult, but she used her smile, kindness and commanding presence to grow everyone in the U-8 programs. This includes stopping to tie a shoe, setting up and breaking down the fields, asking a coach to consider this or that approach, strongly guiding a parent on fair play.

Kim Buehlmann, daughter of Michael and Mary, has created a role with her energy, thoughtfulness and caring within the program that did not exist in the past. She shows great leadership, a positive attitude, great effort in helping players of all ages develop skills and encouraging and teaching all teams to gain confidence. Kim showed that she could take her varsity soccer skills and make them age appropriate when instructing. Her ability to adapt the communication needs to both your players and adult coaches is inspiring to behold.