• Kim Kinsey 2020 Sports Commission MVP Award Winner

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    September 22, 2020

    The Wisconsin Rapids Area Sports Commission awarded Kim Kinsey the 2020 MVP award at the annual MVP Celebration Tuesday September 15th at Hotel Mead.  Kinsey is the proprietor of SUP The Rapids, LLC a local standup paddleboard company offering rentals, tours, lessons and fitness classes.  Her anonymous nomination described her as a passionate advocate for both the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle and sharing the beauty of our community from the water.  “Stand up paddle boarding is a great core workout, that everyone of any age can enjoy, plus it is a great family or teambuilding activity,” noted Kinsey “… and participants are naturally socially distanced” she added.   
    Each year, the Wisconsin Rapids Area Sports Commission MVP Award acknowledges an individual that demonstrates commitment, creativity, and dynamic energy toward the growth of sports tourism in our community.   Fellow nominees include, Justin Tritz, Track Wrestling and the Acts of Kindness Program, Kari Pagel, South Wood County Youth Hockey Association and Fritz Thistle, Wisconsin Trapshooting.
    “The selection committee, comprised of previous MVP award winners, had a difficult task; all the nominees contributed to our economy and more importantly the people in our community” noted Sports Commission Chair Matt Zakowski, Program Operations Director of the South Wood County YMCA.  “Kim embodies the spirit of the Sports Commission to collaborate and promote our area as a destination.”


    The Wisconsin Rapids Area Sports Commission (WRASC) provides a forum for leaders in the athletic community who are passionate about promoting the area as a sports destination! Members work to connect people and provide collaborative opportunities to achieve growth and success of our area sports organizations. Additionally, the group seeks to acquire new athletic events, and capitalize on our area’s valued recreational facilities and natural assets. The Wisconsin Rapids Area Sports Commission is an extension of the Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (WRACVB). The Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau plays a supporting role in the sports market assisting in identifying and writing proposals, helping with bid fees, and ensuring that the hospitality needs necessary to acquiring an event are fulfilled.