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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.

2018 Wales Primary

DamienFourth grade student, Damien Schafer, was the recipient of the K.A.T.I.E. at Wales primary school. Damien was recognized by The Butterfly Foundation for his kindness and thoughtfulness in everything he does. Congratulations Damien!

2017 Wales Primary

SofiaWe are honored to announce Sofia DiNardo as this year’s recipient of the K.A.T.I.E. Award at Wales Primary. The K.A.T.I.E. Award is reserved for a special person who demonstrates kindness and thoughtfulness in everything. Sofia, a student from Mrs. Watkins’ fourth grade class, is described by her teacher as one who “exudes peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. She is a model student and a good friend to her classmates.” Sofia is recognized for her leadership which derives from her gentle disposition and kindness. “She does not demand leadership, instead because she is humble and patient, her sweet nature invites others to follow her example” states Mrs. Watkins. A K.A.T.I.E. Award winner possesses an intangible quality, and we could not have selected a more deserving candidate than Sofia. Congratulations Sofia!

2017 Iroquois High School

Jacob GolanWe had the opportunity to give out the K.A.T.I.E. Scholarship today at the High School to Jacob Golan in Mr. Mitri's class. Jacob is a 10th grader that exemplifies not only a great example of Kind and Thoughtful in the class room but outside in our community as well! Congratulations Jacob!!

2017 EMW

Emily Berg: Senior

EmilyMargotShe has played both EMW house, Tri-town Travel and High School Varsity. In our program she was both a Junior coach for the past 3 years (working with the U8 and U10 programs and coaches) and lead Coach for a U-12 team this year. (Leading this team as a mature teenager/coach which is not often done in our program! Also working with this age of players that “don’t need to be told what to do,” yet she does with confidence and kept them engaged). Not often can an elite soccer player lower themselves to a basic skill level to instruct youthful soccer players. She sacrificed her free time to teach and coach all of her players, focusing for the past three years not on her skills to show off, but on the skills they needed to improve on. Her focus on skills was as energetic as her encouragement to have fun! Her constant positivity was contagious and refreshing! As noted by opposing coaches and family members. And she did it with no need for recognition or rewards. Parents: Tom and Jessica, sisters Katie and Jenna

Margot Treadwell: Sophomore

She has been active in our program for many years and in many ways. Her ability at this age to take direction with a smile and give direction to players and coaches as a ref or assistant coach is awesome. It is rare to see such confidence displayed where she is able to take her advanced soccer skills and make them age appropriate when instructing. Instructing our newest refs, newest coaches, and our youngest players as well as quietly re-educating some parents on the side lines on the value of children at play. Her greatest asset to our community is her strength, patience and energy to ref, coach, and teach all levels with a humble swagger. And a jumbo smile!!! Parents: Tom and Jill, brother: Andre

2016 Wales Primary

LydiaMichaelaOne of the goals of The Butterfly Foundation is to encourage our community to be Kind and Thoughtful, and we are so happy to be able to acknowledge Lydia Przywara and Michaela Webber for representing the essence of being "K.A.T.I.E."

Thanks again Michaela and Lydia for setting a great example for all of us. Well done!

2016 CSD High School

MichaelaRepresentatives from The Butterfly Foundation, along with Dennis Kinney, Principal at the ICSD High School, presented Michaela Webber with the 2016 K.A.T.I.E. Scholarship at a private ceremony today. Michaela was selected by teachers and staff as the student that best represented the spirit of the K.A.T.I.E. Award, and the student who is truly Kind and Thoughtful in Everything. Congratulations to Michaela, and also to her parents Katherine and Jason

2016 Tri-Town Magic U9 Girls Soccer Team

The Tri-Town Magic U9 Girls Soccer Team awarded Avery Musielak the KATIE Award.

AveryFrom Avery's Coaches
"The KATIE Award is reserved for a special person who demonstrates kindness and thoughtfulness in everything. This KATIE Award honoree has created a positive presence among our team. She stands out not for her accomplishment on the field, but because she reminds us we are all teammates in the game of life. She has been “caught” numerous times demonstrating extraordinary kindness and thoughtfulness on many occasions, including greeting the team and coaches at the start of every game and practice, as well as thanking her coaches after every game and practice. To her however, it is a natural response given the circumstances. This KATIE award winner possesses an intangible quality, and exhibits all these characteristics with confidence and ease. This year’s award goes to Avery Musielak." Congratulations Avery, and also to her parents Juli and Don!

EMU Soccer

EMW SOCCER HANDS OUT K.A.T.I.E. AWARD

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.