IOWA CITY– The 7th annual Coaches for Kids benefit for Children of Promise, Youth Mentoring Programs will spotlight three area high school coaches who go above-and-beyond to act as mentors for their youth. Basketball coach, Robert Fontana of Kennedy High School; golf coach, Mark Wilden of Kennedy High School; and football coach, Kevin Miller of Solon High School will each be recognized by University of Iowa head football coach, Kirk Ferentz, during the Coaches for Kids benefit at the Sheraton in downtown Iowa City on April 2. At the end of the evening, one honoree will receive the Coach of the Year award along with $500 for his school or booster club. This award was designed by Children of Promise staff to build on the fact that their mentors are, in fact, coaches for their mentees.
The Coaches for Kids banquet will feature a moving keynote address by former Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler. Laura will discuss the critical importance of mentoring programs like Children of Promise that work to empower children with parents in the correctional system. This subject is close to her heart, as a child Laura’s father was incarcerated. Since her 2012 reign as Miss America, she has become a leading advocate for youth mentoring programs.
In addition to Laura’s conversation and the announcement of Coach of the Year, the event will offer a live and silent auction, dinner and a fun atmosphere with the voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Gary Dolphin, as emcee for the evening. Tickets are $50 and must be ordered in advance by March 26 via order form at IowaChildrenofPromise.org or by calling 319-730-1238. Children of Promise is a program of the Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA).