In 2011, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Major League Baseball Charities (MLB) honored Susan Mayberry of Overland Park, Kansas at the second annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards. Mayberry is a health and physical education teacher and girls’ softball coach at Basehor-Linwood High School. Recognized by her community for going above and beyond for her students and athletes, we were thrilled to present Mayberry with this honor.
The recognition Mayberry received for her commitment to healthy play among her community’s youth did not end there. At a Kansas City Royals Game earlier this month, Mayberry was honored by being selected to sit in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seats at Kauffman Stadium. O’Neil made huge strides for athletes of color, playing a key role in forming the Kansas City Negro Leagues Hall of Fame and becoming the first African-American MLB coach. An invitation to sit in seats commemorating such an admirable man is a huge honor – and one fitting for a hometown hero like Susan Mayberry. Congratulations, Susan! Thank you for being such a great role model to those around you.
To nominate a youth coach or student athlete for the 3rd annually Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards, please visit www.drugfree.org/playhealthy.