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Security Benefit Volunteer of the Year


2017 Security Benefit Volunteer of the Year: Sungkyu Kwak, Age 54, Topeka

JDC 2017 09 26 0143 


Sunflower State Games Volunteer Activities:

Cricket and Indoor Soccer. Sungkyu has been volunteering for SSG since 2013.


Why do you Volunteer for the Sunflower state games?

The Sunflower State Games are a great event for Kansans. Athletes don’t just compete for medals, but the opportunity to meet new people from all of the state. The Games also provide participants a chance to have fun and enjoy their favorite sports. I participated in SSG soccer for more than 15 years, and began volunteering to continue to be a part of this great event as my playing days came to an end. Also, it is a good opportunity to give back to the community.


What is your favorite aspect of Volunteering for SSG?

I enjoy every part. Getting to the field early in the morning to get the field ready for games. Giving water to exhausted athletes at a break. Collecting cones when a game gets called off with a thunderstorm sweeping the field. Taking a picture with the umpires and other volunteers after a tournament has been completed without any problem.  Anything I do brings joy to me.


Why are the Sunflower State Games Important to Kansas?

The Sunflower State Games offers unique opportunities for athletes of all ages in various sports. Participants bring their families and friends to cheer for them. It is not just a sporting event. It is a festival for the whole state.


Tell Us About Yourself:

  • Education: PhD in Economics from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Career: Have been teaching Economics and Finance at Washburn since 2001
  • Hobbies: Playing soccer, Reading
  • Family: Two children (Hyunjee, 24, and Leon, 18)
  • Community Involvement: Principal, Topeka Korean Language School

The Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to recognize volunteers who exceed expectations to support and contribute to the success of the Sunflower State Games.


Previous Volunteer of the Year Recipients

  • 2016: Marvin Neukirch, Topeka
  • 2015: Teddy Reiser, Topeka
  • 2014: Scott Cook, Topeka
  • 2013: Cody Purdum, Topeka
  • 2012: Alisha Wittstruck, Topeka
  • 2011: Joe Saia, Topeka
  • 2010: Cheryl Evans, Topeka
  • 2009: Fran and Alan Hug, Topeka
  • 2008: Hank Phillips, Topeka

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