A Tooele woman who has done just about everything will be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
Kathy Taylor, who spent most of her adult life in developing the county’s youth sports programs, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet Tuesday at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held in Salt Lake City, 500 S. Main Street.
Susan Rydalch, member of the Board of Directors for the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, nominated Taylor for the award.
“Kathy has dedicated her life to developing youth,” Rydalch said. “She has developed sports programs in recreation programs, school programs and community programs for all ages in Tooele County.”
Rydalch said Taylor has spent time in the outlying communities like Vernon, Ibapah, Dugway and Wendover schools as well to train teachers and students in physical skills, as well as social and mental skills.
“Kathy has never received a salary or personal financial gain from these programs,” Rydalch said. “When she coached, the school district did not pay teachers for extra-curricular programs. She ran all the programs because she wanted kids to be involved in wholesome, healthy programs.”
Taylor’s involvement includes coaching swimming and synchronized swimming for an AAU program, serving on the Tooele City girls softball recreation board for three years, and coaching girls softball in Tooele City and accelerated leagues 40 years.
She developed Tooele Junior High’s intramural program for seventh- and eighth-grade girls. She coached the TJHS girls seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball teams four years, and she also coached the TJHS girls gymnastics and track and field teams four years. She also coached and refereed Junior Jazz Basketball for two years.
Along with her community sports involvement, Taylor received numerous education accolades from both the Tooele County School District and the State of Utah, including Tooele County School District Teacher of the Year during the 1988-1989 school year. She also worked on the Tooele County Board of Health and Utah Association of Local Boards of Health, and the list goes on.