Steinkamps become 66th recipients of Golden Deeds Award

Kevin and Pat Steinkamp are applauded after being named the 2018 Golden Deeds Award winners April 16 during a Special Olympics soccer practice at the Paul Dennis Soccer Complex. The Quincy Exchange Club presented the Steinkamps with the award Friday. | H-W File Photo/Michael Kipley

By  Herald-Whig

Posted: May. 11, 2018 10:10 pm Updated: May. 11, 2018 11:13 pm
 

QUINCY — Kevin and Pat Steinkamp joined a pair of exclusive clubs Friday.

The husband-and-wife tandem was the recipient of the 66th Golden Deeds Award presented by the Quincy Exchange Club for service to the community.

The Steinkamps are also just the second husband and wife honored, joining Isabelle and Bernie Willer, who were selected in 1995.

The Steinkamps were singled out for their contributions to the Special Olympics at a noon gathering at the Elks Club. They have served the Special Olympics in numerous areas for more than three decades. Their involvement has seen them work with participants as young as 9 and as old as 74.

“It is their singular (interest),” Exchange Club member Jared Haugh said. “The lives they have touched are many.”

Kevin Steinkamp was humbled by the adulation.

“It’s just something we’ve always done and enjoyed,” he said. “It’s all about helping the athletes.”

Pat Steinkamp echoed her husband’s sentiments.

“It’s just what we do, and we’d do it all over again,” she said.

The Steinkamps became involved with Special Olympics through their daughter, Jessica, who is an athlete with special needs. The couple’s duties with the Special Olympics have covered coaching, refereeing, transportation of athletes, office work, and numerous other details connected with various activities.

The Steinkamps plan on assisting the Special Olympics for three more years before settling into retirement.

“Kevin and Pat know, at some time, the baton will be passed,” Haugh said.

The Steinkamps said they are hoping at some point during the next few years that another couple or person will come forward and assume some or all of their duties with Special Olympics.

Cullan Duke was chairman of the Golden Deeds selection committee, which also included Rick Gengenbacher, David Adam, Gary Farha, Bruce Broemmel and Awerkamp.