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April 25, 2020

Join us for a VIRTUAL #WalkForWomenSEMO

Virtual #WalkForWomenSEMO – Questions & Answers

What is a 'virtual walk'? A virtual walk is whatever you want it to be. Sign-up online with a donation to support scholarships for student athletes at SEMO. Then, on April 25 go for a walk of your own, perhaps around the neighborhood, or even inside your home! make sure to share pictures or videos of your walk on social media using #WalkForWomenSEMO. Just remember, please help us keep everyone safe from the coronavirus by practicing proper social distancing.
Wy are we doing a virtual walk? Due to public health concerns as a result of COVID-19, all University events on and off campus are canceled through May 15. Therefore, we are unable to host the Cindy Gannon Walk for Women as scheduled on April 25. However, we still want to unite in support and celebration of our women student athletes.
Is it safe to go outside and walk? Current official public health orders do allow for outdoor exercise, but social gatherings of 10 people or more in a single space are prohibited. CDC and public health officials agree that even when outdoors, you should maintain at least six feet of distance from people, and minimize contact with other individuals and shared surfaces. As we've learned, the situation changes day to day. Stay informed of your local official guidelines. And it's safest to stay inside, or if that's where you feel most comfortable, you can 'Walk for Women' indoors as well!

If there is no one place or event to go, won't I look silly walking on my own? Absolutely not! Virtual events like this have become popular in recent years. besides, you can also put together a team of walkers to help fundraise with you! Then, share photos of your walk, and any post-walk activities you may be doing! Share your photos and videos with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #WalkForWomenSEMO. You're not alone, because wherever each of us are, we are all united!
Will I still get a Walk for Women t-shirt and special gift? Yes! If you register online at walkforwomen.semo.edu as 'yes, I am attending' and contribute at least $25 per adult, you will still receive a Walk for Women t-shirt. If you contribute $100 or more, you'll also receive a cooler bag as a special gift. Kids in 8th grade and under can also receive a t-shirt with a $10 youth registration. T-shirts and special gifts will be handed out at a women's sports celebration at a SEMO home game this fall on a date to be determined. Stay tuned for more information!
So how does the fundraising part work? First, go to walkforwomen.semo.edu Click 'support a Team/sign up'. You can join an existing team, or start your own. It takes literally less than a minute to sign up. Then, tell all your friends that you're doing the Cindy Gannon Walk for Women and ask them to donate! Use Facebook! Use Twitter! Send friends and family email! Call out your fundraising cavalry! There are so many members of the Redhawk community. If everyone were to join and get even small donations from just 5 to 10 friends, we could reach our goal JUST LIKE THAT an dmake a lasting difference in the lives of our student athletes.
What if I don't want to walk but still want to help? No problem! Just donate online. When you click 'No, I'm making a donation only' you won't get a shirt, but you can still support scholarships for SEMO student athletes. Share the page with friends and family to ask them to donate.

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About the Cindy Gannon Walk for Women
The idea for the Walk for Women event was initially developed by Cindy Gannon as a way to recognize the accomplishments of our female student-athletes, while helping to raise money to support athletic scholarships. Since its inception, Cindy has helped guide this event, which has raised more than $500,000 for athletic scholarships. On April 8, 2017, Director of Athletics Brady Barke announced that in appreciation for the decade long commitment to the Walk for Women event and her efforts to champion women’s athletics, the event would be renamed in her honor and moving forward would be known as the Cindy Gannon Walk for Women.

Cindy has been a part of the Southeast Missouri athletics staff since 1988, transitioning from a successful coaching career to Southeast’s Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator. Cindy moved to Southeast’s administration in 2005 and has served as the Redhawks Director of Athletics on an interim basis in 2007-08 and 2011-12. Until her retirement in 2018, she served as the sport administrator for the Southeast women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and gymnastics programs. She also oversaw event management and sports information and is responsible for the athletic department’s equity and diversity programs and departmental policies and procedures.

Before becoming Senior Associate Athletic Director, Cindy coached the Redhawks’ volleyball program for 16 seasons, winning a program-record 366 matches and eight Ohio Valley Conference titles.

Cindy is being inducted into the Southeast Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2020 for her accomplishments as a coach and administrator.

Cindy earned both her Bachelor’s (1985) and Master’s (1987) degrees from Southeast.

Kim Mothershead Award
Each year, during the Walk for Women, the team that raises the most money is given the Kim Mothershead Award, named in honor an invaluable person in the Walk for Women history and an inspiration to us all.

Kim, a former Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents member, helped start the Walk for Women and served as its first chair. She passed away on Aug. 27, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. As the Walk for Women continues to grow each year, we remember Kim and celebrate the teams continuing in her spirit of hard work and dedication.

A 1977 graduate of Chaffee High School, Kim graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1982.

After graduation, Kim found her calling to teach children with mental and behavioral disabilities in Bloomfield, Mo., Sikeston, Mo., and Kelly public schools. She was co-owner and director of the board at Don Vance Ford in Versailles, Mo.

Other civic endeavors included previous owner of Midwest Agri Chemico, First Missouri Terminals, Midwest Grain and Barge and AgriTrans Trucking. She served on Senate Bill 40 Developmentally Disability Board in Scott County to distribute tax money to agencies serving the developmentally and physically disabled for seven years, and two years as presiding officer. Kim also served on the Board of Regents at Southeast Missouri State University six years, and two years as vice president of the board.

Kim was an active member of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Council. She worked hard to bring children’s book authors and illustrators to local schools during her eight years of service with the YELL (Youth Education Literacy and Learning) organization, previously serving as the president and vice president.

Kim was also involved with the United Way Grace’s Reading Program. Kim served on the Women’s Safe House board procuring funds and assisting with securing policies that ensure security and living conditions for women in need. She was a very active advocate and leader for the American Cancer Society.

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