Golden Deeds Award

 

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By  Herald-Whig

Posted: Apr. 28, 2018 12:15 am Updated: Apr. 28, 2018 12:23 am
 

QUINCY — The efforts of Pat and Kevin Steinkamp have been one of the driving forces behind Special Olympics in the area for the last two decades.

Their devotion will soon be recognized by the Quincy Exchange Club, which will bestow its most prestigious award, the Golden Deeds Award, on the couple at the club’s May 11 meeting.

The Golden Deeds Committee recently surprised the couple by showing up at Paul Dennis Soccer Complex during a Special Olympics practice to catch them in their element as the committee announced the Steinkamps would receive the award.

“The cars were lined up all the way out to State Street waiting to get in,” Pat said. “I thought maybe there was something else going on.”

They were shocked by the gesture.

“It shows people appreciate what we do,” Pat said.

The Steinkamps got involved with Special Olympics through their daughter, who is an athlete with special needs. When another volunteer left abruptly, the couple stepped up to fill the void — doing paperwork to ensure all athletes are able to participate and transporting athletes and gear to and from practices and competitions, in addition to other jobs.

“All these athletes, their parents and the coaches, are family to us,” Kevin said. “This is just something we’ve done over the years.”

Pat manages paperwork for the athletes in eight Special Olympics sports, and the couple has half a dozen or so athletes they pick up regularly to bring to practice. For out-of-town meets, they sometimes charter a van or a school bus to get all of the athletes there.

“The athletes need this. If they didn’t have it, they would be sitting in front of the TV,” Pat said. “This helps them to be more social.”

Until five years ago, the couple also coached. Kevin also has been a Special Olympics referee for 35 years.

“During basketball season, it’s three nights a week and then on the weekends if they play,” Kevin said. “Now we’re into soccer and track.”

The youngest athlete the Steinkamps work with is 9, and the oldest is 74.

“I’ve seen that, if you try hard, even if you have a disability, you can get up and do it,” Kevin said.

The Steinkamps, who still work, are both considering retiring in three years, at which point they also would step away from their volunteer duties. They are looking for other volunteers to fill the void they will leave behind, fearing that, if no one steps up, Special Olympics could lose some sports.

“It can change your life to work with them,” Pat said. “It’s changed my life.”

Year Book of Golden Deeds
2017-18 Pat & Kevin Steinkamp
2016-17 Margaret “Marg” Andrews
2015-16 Jack Mackenzie
2014-15 Phil Conover
2013-14 Patti Adam
2012-13 JoAnn Witte
2011-12 Hazel Mills
2010-11 Tom Behrens
2009-10 Phyllis Smith
2008-09 Kevin Curran
2007-08 Jerry Mast
2006-07 Ada Himes
2005-06 Bill Hageman
2004-05 Herb Wellman
2003-04 Randy McFarland
2002-03 Linda Dillman
2001-02 Betty Wiewel
2000-01 Melvin Koch
1999-00 Harold Phillips
1998-99 Raymond Hinkamper
1997-98 Carl Landrum
1996-97 Russell Hess Sr
1995-96 Thomas Gott
1994-95 Isabelle & Bernie Willer
1993-94 Roger Mohrman
1992-93 Arlene Foley
1991-92 Martha Muegge
1990-91 Thomas Awerkamp
1989-90 Marjorie Hudson
1988-89 Wilhelmina (Billie) Brod
1987-88 Donald Heckenkamp
1986-87 Joanne Ortworth
1985-86 George Parsons
1984-85 Marie Sloan
1983-84 Mary Ann Gullen
1982-83 Carlene Geisler
1981-82 Minnie Schlinkman
1980-81 Doris Penington
1979-80 Mrs. John French
1978-79 Betty Pracht
1977-78 Kathleen Peters-Druffel
1976-77 R S Brackman
1975-76 Ethel Fletcher
1974-75 Joe Bonansinga
1973-74 Ruth Logan
1972-73 Generivieve Klingele
1971-72 Howard Wear
1970-71 Ralph Meyers
1969-70 Edward Altmix
1968-69 Thomas Oakley
1967-68 Helen Smith
1966-67 Irma Jones
1965-66 George Durst Sr
1964-65 Deloris Hase
1963-64 Ralph “Doc” Wiegmann
1962-63 Mary McAllister
1961-62 Dr. Harold Swanberg
1960-61 Helen Jarrett
1959-60 James Primrose
1958-59 C H Swinehart
1957-58 Fabiola Moorman
1956-57 Lawrence Steinkamp
1955-56 John Inghram Sr
1954-55 Eugene Kirkpatrick
1953-54 Mabel Ahern
1952-53 Harry Lov