ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL
St. Elizabeth's Athletic Committee strives to meet the athletic and active needs of our children each year. We offer volleyball, flag football and basketball for our younger grades. For our older grades we play intramural flag football, volleyball and basketball in the Parochial League of Kansas City (PLKC). Cross Country is offered in grades 3rd-8th.
Athletics at St. Elizabeth School is a fun way for kids to get involved with classmates, learn a sport, develop character and stay in shape.
The STE's Athletic Committee is a volunteer group that organizes, funds and promotes participation in parochial league sports.
Fall Parochial Sports:
Kansas City Parochial League
Volunteer for Gym Duties
Parents of children participating in ANY parochial league sport are required to volunteer to help in the gym, per sports season for two hour shifts. The buyout option is $50 per active season. The revenue earned from entry fees and concessions funds all of our activities (not just those that take place in the gym). Please click on the link and find a shift that works for your schedule.
2023-2024 Athletic Committee Members:
Josh Brewster, athletic director
Youth sports is such a powerful force in developing well-rounded kids. Thinking back to my days as a student-athlete here at St. Elizabeth, I remember the amazing feeling of being a part of a true team, all working toward the same goals and having each other's backs. Standing in a huddle, side-by-side by your teammates, it brings back such great memories. And it's an honor to be back here at STE, coaching and serving the community just as my parents did for us. I have four kids who currently attend St. Elizabeth, and each of them participate in sports through the school. My wife, Sarah, and I are so proud of them and so happy that they have such a terrific support system here at St. Elizabeth.
Kids: Francie (Class of 2022), Luke (Class of 2024), Maeve (Class of 2026), Bea (Class of 2030)
Pat lowe, Co-treasurer
My love for sports came early as a child playing in the yard and driveway with my brothers. My brothers and I were always playing something together. Anytime we had a free moment we would love to get outside to play basketball, home run derby, or throw around the football. They helped build my skills and provided me with lessons on sportsmanship that I carry with me today. Those are moments with my brothers that truly built my love for sports and taught me important life lessons.
Kids: Betsy (Class of 2026), Emmett (Class of 2029)
melissa hinkle, community relations and Communications
Julie Fende, volleyball coordinator
megan tunley, volunteer coordinator
Casey booth, moms and pops and concessions coordinator
Sports have always been a big part of my life. Some of the best memories as a kid were of my friends and me playing pickup basketball. This love of sports grew even more when I started playing organized sports. I loved the grind, the sense of being part of a team, and how we could all lean on each other to accomplish a goal. Watching my kids build similar bonds through sports at such a young age has been rewarding because it reminds me of my childhood. And now, I am excited to be a part of another team, STE Athletics!
Kids: Mason (Class of 2028), Harper (Class of 2031)
Erik Akers, Treasurer
Chris Ward, Golf classic coordinator and Sponsorships
Sports has always been something that has been a big part of my life and our children's. I enjoyed playing Sports as an All American in grade school for the Cougars, being an All-State journalist for the Prep News at RHS, and for the past 15+ years coaching various teams for our children.
Sports is something that brings all walks of life together to work as a TEAM and is something that sets a good foundation for our journey in Life.
My beautiful wife Katie (Aylward) Ward attended STE as a child and when we moved back from Denver 16 yrs ago...STE is where we headed and am glad that we did. It has been a great community for the two of us and our 4 children.
Spouse - Katie
Children - Annie(class of 2021), Jake(Class of 2023), Wyatt(Class of 2025), Benny(Class of 2029)
Ryan Underwood, Sponsorship and Concession Stand Coordinator
Sports have always been a huge part of my life, both as a participant and a fan. As a kid, I tried it all – Soccer, Football, Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball. I now get the pleasure of watching my kids try it all as well, and I encourage them to give anything a shot.
Kids: Gracie (Class of 2023), Billy (Class of 2024), Rosie (Class of 2026)
Bryan Hinkle, intramural sports coordinator
Steve Troester, football coordinator
I am happy to be a part of the STE Athletic Committee. I have always had a love for sports. My most fond memories as a child were the large groups of kids playing games in our neighborhood. We loved to play football, basketball, and our own version of baseball. As I advanced through school, I loved to participate in organized school sports and learned the value of teamwork. Youth sports are the foundation of teaching kids how to work together and be accountable. I will always appreciate the values that were instilled in me by participating in athletics. I learned many things from my coaches and teammates throughout the years that I still use in my daily life.
Kevin Switzer, girls' basketball coordinator
I really don't like sports. I think they are overrated. I have to volunteer for something and I thought this would be the easiest thing to do. Just seeing if anyone reads these.
I believe team sports are very important to kids. Learning how to work hard, win and lose as a team, learn as much from failure as you do from success, and always try your best. Attitude and Effort are the two things you can control every day. I am excited to be back on the committee and will always have the kids' best intentions in decisions we make.
Daughters: Lilli (Class of 2021), Luci (Class of 2023), Liza (Class of 2025)
John reyna, cross country and track coordinator
One of the most important things I learned as a kid is that you never know what you can do if you don’t try. True to life, and true for sports! As a kid I tried it all, Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Track, Basketball, and Cross country. I’ve had the privilege and honor of coaching both track and cross country here at St. Elizabeth’s and have loved the watching kids develop and excel in a sport some of them never considered trying! As a parent, I’ve witnessed my own kids developing skills, building friendships, and learning the benefits of hard work, commitment, and dedication which will help them excel on and off the field. My wife, Susan, also an all-star state track runner, and I have two sports loving boys: Samuel, Class of 2021and William, Class of 2024. Go Irish!
brian legenza, Boys Basketball Coordinator
Playing sports and being part of a team was always an additional constant teacher for me. Memories and values experienced through sports provide a lifetime of various benefits. I am proud to be able to be involved here at St. Elizabeth’s and give back to a community that has given so much to me.
Spouse: Abby Kids: Brady (Class of 2027), Wyatt (Class of 2030)
casey mcgraw, At-large member
I'm so excited to see our school children participate in our various sports. Sports are a great way to build confidence, learn about teamwork and to have our children learn early the importance of physical fitness and exercise. As a proud father of two St. Elizabeth children (Mickey, Class of 2023, Maggie, Class of 2027), I hope everyone in our school community continues to support our student-athletes and all of our athletics programs.
"The secret to being successful in sports is to work less as individuals and more as a team." Knute Rockne
lori underwood, advisory council representative
My Dad is my most inspirational athletic figure. He spent hours and hours in the backyard teaching me the right way to shoot a ball, dribbling drills and playing a classic game of horse. He was also known up at St. Elizabeth during Moms and Pops as the free throw king! My Dad (aka “Coach Moose) always taught me to give it my best and give it my all.
Kids: Gracie (Class of 2023), Billy (Class of 2024), Rosie (Class of 2026)
Jenny Porto, at-large member
I am excited to be a part of STE Athletics! Sports have always been a part of my life. My parents instilled being active and playing sports as a great metaphor for life. I kept sports an integral part of my life as a collegiate athletic trainer, and now as an orthopedic physician assistant. I love keeping my patients active and playing sports.
Children- Frankie (class of 2026), Joey (class of 2028), Johnny (class of 2030)
Sam hihn, at-large member
I've had a passion and love for sports for as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were playing sports outside with my three older brothers and then organized sports through St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in St. Charles, MO. Youth sports can play such an important role in the growth and development of a child. I'm grateful to work with the Athletic Committee to help provide an environment for kids to grow through athletics and most importantly have fun! I look forward to watching my children explore different sports and experience the great benefits that come with it.
Kids: Lorelei (Class of 2033), Norah Grace (Class of 2036)