Kris Schepers is Indianapolis IndyStar Sports Mom of the year
Kris Schepers is Sports Mom of the year and here’s why.
Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star
Kurt Schepers remembers the scene vividly.
It was a few days after that day in August of 2019 when Kurt and his wife, Kris, were told the results of her biopsy. They brought their three sons — Grant, Reid and Gabriel — into the kitchen of their home to tell them that their mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Youngest son Gabriel, who is now an eighth grader at Westfield and has Down syndrome, stirred in the living room as the other four Schepers spoke in the kitchen.
“We told them the story,” Kurt said. “And Gabe comes in and goes, ‘Mom, this is not your destiny.’”
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Westfield athletic trainer Kris Schepers, known as “Momma K” to dozens of Shamrock athletes, has taken on that motto from her youngest son and run with it. She admits, begrudgingly, that she has missed five days of work due to her chemotherapy treatments, including two game days.
“She’s stubborn,” said her colleague at Westfield, athletic trainer Anthony Scott. “It’s a huge inspiration for all of us to see how she’s been handed this hand and still give every ounce that she has even when she felt like she had nothing. She’s ‘Momma K.’ She just has a way with these kids, coaches, parents and everybody in the community.”
Schepers, the 2021 IndyStar’s Mother’s Day “Sports Mom of the Year”, is a trailblazer in her profession and an inspiration to her family, friends and hundreds of athletes she has worked with over a career that spans almost three decades.
“She has prided herself on being everybody’s mom,” said Sandi Byle, a longtime friend and colleague at St. Vincent who co-chaired the St. Vincent Spirit of Sports Awards with her for five years. “She has been on the sidelines for years and she treats every kid like they are her own. She has taped ankles on her kitchen island to get a kid to a tournament on time, she has written essays and college recommendations. She has taught kids to believe in their dreams and passions. She has counseled parents, taught coaches and mentored students. She has raised money for charities and organizations and stood up for the rights of kids with disabilities. She is known to many as ‘Momma K’ and she wears that title graciously.”
“Momma K” got her start toward her career as an athletic trainer as a senior at Ben Davis in 1985. Schepers, whose maiden name was Stippich, took a sports medicine class in the second semester of her senior year. “It was sort of a sign,” she said. “I did really well in a class and I don’t remember studying a whole lot. It just interested me at a higher level.”
From there, she attended Indiana State, which offered one of the best athletic training programs in the country. “I was getting hands-on experience as a sophomore,” she said. “I got bitten by the bug. But then you learned pretty quickly, back then, that there weren’t a lot of positions in schools.”
Schepers began working at Hoosier Orthopedics and sports medicine and then St. Vincent, which started a sports medicine program. She was working with recreational athletes, then working her way up to much higher levels of athletes, including at the professional level. During the NBA lockout in 1999, Schepers worked with the Indiana Pacers. It could have been a potential avenue for her to pursue if she had not been starting a family at that time.
“As a female, especially back then, there weren’t a whole lot of females who could go into those positions,” she said. “People just didn’t want to take a risk.”
But sports was always of interest to Schepers. Especially high school sports, where kids are “playing because they love it.” Heritage Christian was her first full-time school at age 24. She stayed there for seven years before deciding she was going to retire and become a full-time mom.
“About six weeks later, our boss at St. Vincent called and said, ‘I have the perfect school for you,’” she said. “It took a lot for me to come to a place in my heart that I could leave athletic training. I said, ‘No, don’t do this.’”
Schepers committed for a year to University High School. Then she stayed for 14. Her oldest son, Grant, graduated from University in 2018.
“It was a wonderful experience,” she said. “I was hugely blessed.”
In 2019, Schepers took the job at Westfield. It was, she admits, probably a “backwards move” to go from a smaller private school to a big public school at that point of her career. “But I’ve been kind of backwards my whole life,” she said.
Six weeks after she was hired, her life was flipped upside-down when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. So here she was, at a new school with Class 6A football and enrollment of 2,500 students, instead of familiar University with no football and 300 students.
“I said, ‘Lord, what have you handed me?’” Schepers said. “I could have run University with my eyes closed. I did not have to be so on my toes as I am at a new school with 6A football and nobody knows me.”
That is where Schepers gets a little choked up. Her relationship with Scott, 27, is special. There are times when Scott can sense she needs a break, or needs to go home. She does not always take his advice, admittedly.
“Cancer treatment is a beast to go through, regardless of what level it is,” Schepers said. “And there are times I’m standing there, taping a kid up, and you’re like, ‘I’ll be right back.’ And I’m gone for five minutes. And you have 50 kids in the training room with (Scott) standing there saying, ‘She’ll be back.’ Then I come back and I’m OK. But his support, acceptance and encouragement through all of that, especially for a young man who didn’t know me from Adam, is amazing. I keep telling him and the coaches, I’ll be worth it when I’m well. I promise. We’re still waiting for the worth it and the well part.”
The ‘worth it’ part is not true. Not to those who know her — especially those who know her as “Momma K.” Jake Gilbert, the Westfield football coach, had her middle son, Reid, on the team as a junior in 2019 and senior last fall on a team that reached the Class 6A state finals.
“She is super strong,” Gilbert said. “She battled cancer and just kept going. I know it’s tough on her, it would be tough on anybody. But even though COVID, when she probably should have said, ‘I’m going home,’ she kept on. She’s not only an excellent trainer, but she’s an excellent person who has been a mother to many more than just her own boys.”
The first game of the season in 2019 was the day she had her biopsy. It was Reid’s first varsity game. Schepers, after the biopsy, was required to wait a few hours to make sure there were no complications. After several discussions, she was allowed to leave the hospital. She rushed from home to the game, where Reid caught the first pass of the game for a touchdown.
“I’m running, waving a towel on the sideline,” she said. “I wouldn’t have given that up for anything.”
Grant, who graduated from University in 2018, watched peers reach out to his mom for advice even beyond athletics. “It’s humbling,” he said, “to see how she can impact that many lives in a positive way. It shows what kind of character she has.”
There are no easy answers for what “Momma K” is facing. She found out last week that the brain metastases caused by her breast cancer have “grown a little bit.” She switched care to a physician at IU Health that she is confident can give her the best care possible.
In addition to the words provided by Gabriel — “Mom, this is not your destiny” — she also finds comfort in thinking, “This is something I’ll die with and not from.” She will go on new medication in two weeks that she was told will be the gold standard within 60 to 90 days.
“She’s a junkyard dog,” said her husband, Kurt. “She gets knocked down and she just goes back at it. She’s the love of my life.”
“Momma K” has felt that love, from her family and the community.
“I’m trying to a fight a disease to stay alive,” she said. “It’s terrifying. I’m not going to lie. But they pick me up. It’s humbling. I’m thankful and grateful that the Lord has put me in with the people around me. There are days that I go and think, ‘I just don’t want to be here today.’ But sitting at home and waiting to die is no way to handle this disease at all. That’s been a key to keeping this cancer in suppression. If there’s a time when I need to step away from this job, I will. But until then, I’ll be at Westfield and all the people around me will continue to be my rocks.”
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READ THESE NOMINATIONS FOR KRIS SCHEPERS
I’m writing this email you today in regards to the IndyStar sports mom of the year. This year, I know that I have the most-deserving and resilient mother in the entire state, and most likely the country! Her name is Kris Schepers of Westfield Indiana, and I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about the amazing lengths this woman has gone in the past 2 years to be a mother of this community.
If you were to look up the definition of Mother as a verb in the dictionary, you would find the following, “to bring up with care and affection.” That is what Kris has done, not only with her children, but the children of Westfield High School and Hamilton county. First and foremost, Kris is the mother of three loving children, Grant (sophomore at Purdue, University HS 18’), Reid (Senior at WHS), and Gabriel (8th grader stop WMS). In addition to these 3 children of her own, Kris has hundreds of Children in central Indiana, as she has served as the athletic trainer at University High School for 14 years until 2018, and most recently as an athletic trainer at Westfield High school from 2018-today. If you were to come to the athletic training room today, you would hear the kids asking for Momma K. Even to this day, she has former students from over ten years ago calling her Momma K! Kris shows a love and compassion for the kids of this community like they are all her own.
Now you might be wondering what specifically makes Kris stand head and shoulders above all the deserving mothers in the state. For me the answer is simple, resiliency. Not long after accepting the position as athletic trainer at WHS, Kris was diagnosed with stage IV Breast cancer. Obviously, this was a devastating blow for Kris, as she was just beginning a new job and trying to give her all for the community that she had lived in for over 20 years. There were what seemed to be countless appointments, scans, doctors, plans, but Kris was able to do all of that and still commit to this job and community. In the Fall of 2018, Kris started her treatment to fight for her life. Obviously, this is a very busy time in the high school athletics schedule, especially at a 6A school. Kris was there for nearly every event. Honestly, there were days that I needed to tell her to just go home, rest and let your body recover. But man she was stubborn, she would only take a day if she felt it was absolutely necessary which were few and far between. She wanted to be there to support this community and watch all of these kids that she’s known for years succeed.
As 2018 progressed into 2019, Kris improved and was able to give even more of herself to Westfield. That was until the start of the pandemic. Obviously, this changed our job duties, and since Kris was at high risk of severe symptoms from Covid, she was not placed in the hospital as Covid screeners with the other athletic trainers. However, she found an alternative, and worked with 10 of our post-operative student athletes to rehab them and get them back before the start of the next season. At a time when physical therapy was extremely limited, and these kids could’ve been left behind to fend for themselves, she was there to care for them, and give them everything she had to help them come back to athletics.
Once the pandemic appeared to be under some control and we began to plan to return to school, we needed to talk about whether or not it would be right for Kris knowing the risks. But of course as resilient as ever, she was determined to return to work and continue to serve the kids in this community. Momma K was not gonna miss the return of sports in Westfield, and sure wasn’t gonna let something else get in her way. Since returning, she has helped countless student athletes return to the field, and shown nothing but love an compassion for everyone along the way. She’s even become a mother figure to my wife and I. We are currently expecting our first child and she has been nothing but helpful, loving, and full of advice for us. She’s more than just an athletic trainer, more than a coworker, more than just a Mother. SHE’S MOMMA K!!!!!! She’s a fighter, a lover, a leader, a healer, a helper, a guide, and so much more.
I can hardly put into words the tenacity of this woman. I’d love to talk to you more about her if you’re willing to listen, because i could honestly just keep writing and writing and writing until you wouldn’t want to read any ore! She IS the mother of the year for Indy! I could go on and on and on about Kris and the things she does and continues to do on a daily basis as a mother. If there is anything I can do to help solidify her for this award, please let me know. My contact information is listed below and I’ll talk to anyone who needs convincing.
Thank you for your consideration.
Anthony Scott MS, LAT, ATC
Westfield High School
Hey there my name is John Foster. I attend Westfield High school and wanted to tell you why Kris Schepers is deserving of Mom of the year for IndyStar High school sports. She has went through so much adversity and trials in her life with her cancer and she still comes in day in and day out and gets her job done helping all the kids. Mama K is our athletic trainer as well helping everyone with their injuries. I had tore my ACL in November before the state game and she was with me every step of the way until my surgery. She is a great person and great help to the team. Thank you. Also mind any grammatical errors in this paragraph I am typing this on my phone in English class. Lol.
I am writing to add support to the nomination of Kris Schepers of Westfield High School.
Kris is the proud mother of three but there are hundreds, probably pushing thousands student athletes that call her Momma K. You see, Kris is not only a Sports Mom who played basketball and team gymnastics as a young person, but is one of the Awesome Athletic Trainers at Westfield High School. Since graduating in AT from ISU, Kris has been connected to athletes at Heritage Christian High School, University High School and for the past 2 years at Westfield. She and I have been best friends for over 20 years and I have watched her raise her own athletes but also how she was involved with each student athlete going all the way back to Todd Abernathy. I remember going to watch the basketball team play as she spoke so highly of each of these athletes as if they were her own. When we became parents, my son was what she calls her psuedo son. All of my children for that matter are “her children” as she eloquently stated the other day in a text.
Kris is committed to sports and its athletes! Being able to participate on the sideline as the AT while each of her own meandered through high school. Grant, played basketball at University High School until sidelined with an ACL injury his Junior year, Reid a Senior WR on the Westfield Football team or Gabe who is involved with unified Track! Most sports moms would say they are “so busy” going here and there. Kris does this for her 3 plus all the other athletes. They are all family to her.
I have seen former student athletes show up to her house for special treatments after graduating, because she is known for digging deeper into an injury or pain and helps these college athletes get back to playing. Plus, no one works on you like she does. I have to admit she is our favorite AT and the first person our family goes to for help with sport injuries.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of Kris Schepers! There is so much more I could add. But want to leave you with one last note. The sports world as you know if really a tightknit group. Last year when Paul Loggan passed due to complications of Covid-19, Kris was upset by the news. She told me she knew him and described the impact he had on his student athletes. Today, Kris is carrying her own cross; a battle with breast cancer that has traveled to her lungs and brain. She was diagnosed in August of 2019 and has worked while taking radiation, chemo infusion and now oral chemo. It has always been important for her to be at work. These children are hers and she shows up for them. The sports communities of Westfield and University High School have lifted her in prayer and well wishes. A fundraiser at University raised money to offset medical bills even though she was no longer affiliated with the school. There are families that remember her for how she took care of their chidden and feel forever indebted. And now they are paying forward their gratitude.
For these reasons, I know Kris is the Sports Mom of the Year in my heart. Please consider her for this wonderful award.
P.S. If you would like a professional opinion of Kris. She did a stint with some the Indiana Pacers when the players were on strike and David Craig was not permitted to be at practice with the players at Stephen Hilbert’s Gym in Carmel. Mark Jackson or Reggie Miller may have a few kind words about her as well. They were her kids too!
When sifting through the nominations for this award, this one should really stand out. You could not find a better human to highlight during a time when the world really needs a hero. Hero? Big word, but when you look at the definition…a person who is admired or idealized for courage…yeah, that’s Kris!
Kris has been the athletic trainer at Westfield High School for the past couple of years, shortly after she came on board she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She literally has not missed a beat. Working and helping our student athletes, all while battling cancer. Our kids are learning grit and coping skills from her that are completely forgotten about these days.
Not only is she Momma K to all of the WHS student body, she has 3 active boys of her own that she loves fiercely. It is difficult to manage career and home, aside from the cancer, but she is absolutely putting on a master class on how to balance life’s challenges. I am in awe daily of her courage and ability to see life through the correct lens.
I am sure there are several amazing mom’s being nominated, but Kris is a gem and now is her time:)
Kris Schepers is the embodiment of a remarkable sports parent. She cares deeply for all her student athletes, the opposing teams athletes, the kids cheering in the stands, the band, & everyone there to enjoy the athletic event. Sports are her life. Not just the popular ones— all sports.
As an Athletic Trainer she has dedicated her life to being there to care for athletes at all hours and any day they participate in their event. She is the first to celebrate with them in their victories and the first with words of encouragement when they come up short. She’s also first to care for them when they are injured, cries with them if it takes them out of the game, and prays for them to recovery quickly.
Kris took care of our daughter after a baseball hit her in the head causing a bad concussion. We never felt more comfortable with the advise & care Kris gave her. She was as worried as we were about our daughter but it didn’t phase her from taking action and getting her seen by a wonderful doctor referral that she called personally to tell them about her.
There is no better person out there than Kris Schepers for caring for student athletes. Along with her job as an athletic trainer, she also is a mother to 3 wonderful boys, the youngest has Down syndrome, and currently is in the fight of her life with breast cancer. She’ll make none of that an excuse for not taking care of YOUR child. That is a true hero!
Brad & Julia Yusiewicz
It is with utmost pleasure that am writing this letter on behalf of Kris Schepers or “Momma K” as most people know and lovingly refer to her as, for the honor of Sports Mom of the year.
I have known Kris for many years and have had the opportunity to co chair the St. Vincent Spirit of Sports Awards with her. This program show cased student athletes from the Indianapolis area. In that time I witnessed a women that not only cares for her own 3 boys, but a women that mothers just about every kid she comes into contact with. Kris’ passion for kids goes far beyond the four walls of her own house. On any given day you will find her kids plus half a sports team camped out in her basement. Her house is the house on the block where the door is always open and there is always enough food to feed one more. She is the team mom, the cheerleader, the coach, and the athletic trainer rolled into one. She fixes broken bones, broken hearts when teams lose a game, and is in the victory pile when teams win state championships. (see video attachment of University high school winning state…that would be Kris jumping on the top of the pile).
In all serious being the team mom is what she is known for. Kris has been an athletic trainer for 30 plus years. She has prided herself on being everybody’s mom. She has been on the sidelines for years and she treats every kid like they are her own. She has taped ankles on her kitchen island to get a kid to a tournament on time, she has written essays and college recommendations. She has taught kids to believe in their dreams and passions. She has counselled parents, taught coaches, and mentored students. She has raised money for charities and organizations and stood up for the rights of kids with disabilities. She is known to many as Momma K and she wears that title graciously.
A year ago Kris was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. The prognosis was not the brightest. She did not miss a beat when it came to fighting her disease or fighting to keep working to do the thing she loves most to do. She still showed up to work on the sidelines at Westfield high school every day while going through chemotherapy and feeling just downright crappy. She wanted to be there for the kids she cared for daily, but more importantly she wanted to be on the sideline to root on her own son, senior football star Reid Schepers. Reid is a senior this year and Kris was able to share with him all his victories on the field. She was there in the mom role and the medical provider role. She was able to ride the wave all the way to state. She was able to share the moment on a 3-dimensional plane. It was a moment that neither Kris nor Reid will ever forget and one they got to share together. This woman deserves to be Sports mom of the year for all the roles she plays both on and off the field. I am definitely voting for Momma K to take another victory lap…this time as Indy Sports Mom of the Year. Thank you for considering this very worthy candidate. I have included pictures of teams that have had fund raisers to support Momma K off the field as well as pictures of her family and friends that fight for her and with her every day
I heard that Kris was up for HS Sports Mom of the Year and I wanted to share my experiences with Kris.
Simply put, Kris Schepers is one of the best, toughest, most caring, and honest people I have ever met. I met Kris back in 2012 when I was a freshman at University High School, where Kris was the athletic trainer. All throughout high school, students, including myself would hang out in the training room just to be around Kris more. My junior year I decided not to play basketball and rather be a student athletic trainer and work with Kris daily. It was amazing to see her work closely with every student, making all of them laugh and relaxed even though they were injured. Over my time in high school I grew closer to Kris. I could talk to her about anything. She’s had me over for dinner numerous times, and I have babysat for her kids. Kris is the biological mother to 3 amazing children, but she has so many more kids than that. I truly think of Kris as my second mother and I love her dearly. I know I am not the only one that thinks of Kris in the light.
To summarize, Kris Schepers is an incredible woman, whom I would do anything for. I love her so much and am blessed to be able to call her my friend. I cannot think of a better mother or person to be deserving of this award.
Thank you for your time,
I want to nominate Kris Schepers for Sports Mom of the year. She not only manages three sons (the youngest of which has Downs), she’s a sports trainer at Westfield and treats all the kids she treats as if they are her own, she keeps up with this while battling stage 4 cancer with rigorous and debilitating treatments determined never to miss he son’s games and events. But she doesn’t stop THERE! She also treats anyone and everyone who calls her with questions and needs to keep their child athlete’s on the field. She lives in Westfield and the attached picture is her treating one of my sons who lives in AVON on Sunday after a basketball game in Westfield as we are driving home with questions on an injury and she tells me to bring him over so she can work on him. She is a blessing to anyone who has been lucky enough to know her and her sharp wit and humor through ALL she has faced are incomparable. Whether she is cheering from the sidelines, treating kids on the field, in the training room treating student athletes or treating anyone and everyone who contacts her for their child’s injuries, needs or questions she there serving selflessly. She can be seen at just as many of her friends kids events as her own kids. Her tenacity and loyalty and love are second to none. Kris should be the 2021 Indystar sports mom of the year.
Our family would like to nominate Kris Scheppers for Indy Star HS Sports Mom of the Year.
We met Kris while our kids were enrolled at University High School of Indiana (2011 – 2018). Our son played soccer, basketball and baseball while our daughter participated in swimming, cross country and softball. Kris served as athletic trainer for all sports at UHS during that time. We quickly saw Momma Kris ,as the kids called her, as not only an excellent athletic trainer and communicator, but so much more. As anyone would expect, Kris took an interest in the physical well being of her student athletes. But most importantly she took an interest in the emotional well being of everyone she came in contact with. When the student athletes least expected it, Kris would check in with them to see how things were going at home and at school. She always knew who was dating who, and who had participated in the most recent prank. Even after graduation she remained a respected confidant, mentor, friend and strong female role model for our kids and so many others.
Kris also found time to raise a wonderful family and care for her elderly parents. All three of her sons are exceptional people. Her husband, Kurt, was often found at UHS sporting events with their youngest son, Gabe. It is our hope that Kris will be awarded Indy Star HS Sports Mom of the Year as she has supported the personal growth of so many student athletes over many years. Kris lives her life as a demonstration of positive human qualities that the world seems to be in short supply of at times.
Thank you for your consideration of our nomination,
Kirsten and Mike Duncan
We are writing this letter on behalf of our friend Kris Scheper or “Momma K”, as most people know her, for the honor of 2021 Sports Mom of the year.
Kris has always been a fan of all sports since she was a child; so much so that she became an athletic trainer! Through the 30+ years as a trainer she has helped, coached, cheered, mentored, lead, and most importantly diagnosed many injuries. This consists of thought and respect for every athlete she dealt with and counseling for each parent, athlete, student, and coach. Over the years on the sidelines all those parents, students, athletes, coaches and fans became part of her family. She wants all of them to flourish and be the best that they can be and to believe in their dreams.
Over these last 30 years she became a loving wife to Kurt and a mother to three beautiful children. Grant who is a junior in college, Reid who is a senior at Westfield, and Gabe who turns 16 in July and has Down syndrome.
Through the years she acquired the name Momma K because of her mother-like tendencies to all. That could be anything from tending to their injuries, counseling them, feeding them, just being there for them. Mamma K always has an open door policy. Some of her first students she “mothered” have now grown up and started their own families. She still keeps in touch with many of those people and they still seek her advice.
Over the years she has worked as an Athletic Trainer on the highest levels. She has worked with the Pacers, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller, worked the NFL annual football combine multiple years, and worked the USA Track and Field Team for the Olympics. If you ask any of them, I’m positive they remember Momma K as well. The best way to describe Kris is feisty, witty, direct, compassionate, and definitely spot on for injury diagnosis and treatment.
With that being said, a little over a year ago she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer with brain mets and is still fighting that battle today. Through this diagnosis and treatment, she has barely missed work or any sporting events. You’ll find her getting chemo in the morning and on the sports field that night. She is always ready to tape ankles and get muscles warmed up to compete. She has a true passion for what she does and who she touches. She is everyone’s fan!
This last year she had the honor of being on the sidelines with her son Reid as a senior football player for Westfield HS. They made it to the IHSAA 5A State Finals Championship game. She got to be right there with them and all her other students or “children” for this amazing accomplishment.
She’s the best Sports Mom, medical provider, cheerleader, and mentor out there and we are glad to have her on our team for the past 25 years
Kris Schepers is so deserving of the 2021 Sports Mom of the Year. I hope that you would consider her for that honor just as much as we do.
Barry, Tracey, Gavin and Leah
I hope I am not too late. I would like to add my wife Kris Schepers who is also an athletic Trainer at Westfield HS. She is better known to all the kids and coaches at MommaK. If you get a chance to interview her you will cry and be inspired at the same time, she is absolutely amazing! She was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been battling since August of 2019 and has been working 6 days a week even thru chemotherapy. She is a true INSPIRATION to the students Coaches and Parents who have gotten to know her. They are amazed she does what she does and is a full time MOM to our 3 boys and is has missed very few days as an Athletic trainer and MommaK to all the students and athletes. See the short link about her battle. https://vimeo.com/534860541/3027b33915.
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to nominate/recommend Kris Schepers for Indy Star HS Sports Mom of the Year.
For the uninitiated, Kris Schepers is a mother of 3, a licensed athletic trainer, and an absolute joy to be around. I had the privilege of being a student athlete for 4 years at University High School when she was the athletic trainer. Not only did she perform her job at the highest level, but she was also a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. She started the Student Athletic Trainer program at UHS and even taught a course on Athletic Training during our school’s January Term, both of which I experienced first-hand.
After practice, if you weren’t going to the training room for a treatment, you would go to just hang out. You’d talk to Kris about sports, about school, and about life. Her humor, wit, and sarcasm is magnetic.
In the middle of 2019, Kris was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer shortly after accepting a job as an athletic trainer in the Westfield school system to be closer to her children (one of whom was a student-athlete on the WHS football team). Through what has been an unimaginably difficult journey, Kris has kept her sense of humor and has persevered with an optimism and grace that is truly inspiring. Not only is she beating the disease at every turn, but she has not missed a step in any area of her life. Even in the midst of a pandemic and treatment, Kris continued her work in the athletic training room and undoubtedly brought her infectious humor and experience with her.
Over the past two decades, Kris has touched the lives of Indiana student athletes in more ways than you can count. I can’t think of anyone who has had a bigger impact on Indiana high school sports, or anyone who better embodies its core values than Kris Schepers. I hope you seriously consider her for this award.
I wanted to email you and am hoping I’m not too late. I wanted to nominate my dear friend and fantastic person Kris Schepers for mom of the year. Kris is an athletic trainer at Westfield High School, the mom of three boys and a true friend to everyone she meets. She has battled cancer the past several years and all the while even during COVID-19 cared for her student athletes putting her own exhaustion aside.
She is the most kind-hearted and compassionate woman and friend I’ve known. She is salt is the earth and is beyond deserving. I’ve known her for 18 years and witnessed her building and serving her communities.
Thank you in advance for considering her!