Springfield-Greene County Park Board News

Posted on: October 13, 2017

CODP Athlete of the Year reception Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Davis House

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The Greater Springfield Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board honored four youth athletes at the 3rd Annual Athlete of the Year reception Sunday, Oct. 15,  at the Davis House, 5780 S. Farm Road 141, just southwest of Springfield.

Four top athletes enrolled in the CODP Archery, Ice Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball programs were recognized by their coaches as well as local Olympians. 

Hannah Loder was named CODP Athlete of the Year.

The top CODP athletes include:

Hannah Loder, representing CODP Tennis

Loder has been in the CODP Tennis program for six years, and progressed from Level 2 up to High Performance. She is ranked No. 1 in her class at Glendale High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Youth Against Cancer, Green Squad, the Girls Service Society and The Quill. She is part of the 2017 Missouri Scholars Academy, and an active member of Schweitzer United Methodist Church Youth Group, where she also serves as a confirmation leader for 7th and 8th graders. Loder plans to go into journalism after college.

Holly Luginbill, representing CODP Volleyball

Luginbill is part of Academic All State. She is a member of the volleyball team that placed first at the 2017 Colorado Crossroads 16 and under division (out of 96 teams.) Her team also finished 13th at the 2017 Girls Junior National Championship in Minneapolis. She has earned the Presidential Academic Award and is a member of the National Honor Society at Ozark High School, where she has lettered in Volleyball and Swimming. She plans to continue her volleyball career at Missouri State. Luginbill volunteers with Rescue One, Convoy of Hope and Special Olympics.

Gage Robb representing CODP Ice Hockey

At age 13, Robb is the youngest nominee for Athlete of the Year. He started playing hockey in 2015 and is currently at the Bantam level for Springfield Youth Hockey Association, where he has earned the Sportsmanship Award.  Last season, he played for the state championship and his team won the Firebird Tournament. He also recorded his first career Hat-Trick (3 Goals in one game) last season. Robb is an 8th grader at Logan-Rogersville Middle School, where he is a straight-A student, won the Citizenship Award and is a member of Honors Band.

Hailey Timmons, representing CODP Archery

Timmons has earned numerous archery honors, including 2015 KC Summer Sizzler Champion, 2016 National Field Archery Association Midwest Section Champion, 2016 Missouri Bowhunters Indoor State Runner-Up, 2017 KC Pro-Am Shootout Champion and 2017 Missouri Bowhunters Indoor State Runner-Up. Timmons graduated from high school at age 16 with a 4.0 GPA, receiving valedictorian honors and earning the Paul Jefferies Scholarship. She currently attends Ozark Technical Community College transfer program. She plans to attend Missouri State University and major in geospatial science. Timmons has been inducted into the Georgia Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society. She is on the Christian County Library’s Teen Advisory Board and has volunteered for three years.

The Greater Springfield CODP was established in 2003 currently includes Archery, Ice Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball programs. Athletes involved in CODP programs receive holistic mental and physical training in their sport, both in the competitive arena and off the field. The program includes nearly 600 athletes and has an outreach to nearly 2,000 youth. Many local CODP athletes also compete at the collegiate, state and national level. 

Nationwide, the CODP provides young athletes access to some of the best training, facilities, programs, and coaches, enhancing athletes’ ability to compete in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Since its formation in 1996, the CODP has introduced more than 500,000 youth athletes to Olympic and Paralympic sports across the country. Additional information is at teamusa.org/CODP.

For more information, contact Lori Endicott-Vandersnick, Greater Springfield CODP Director, at 417-838-1275 or visit ParkBoard.org/CODP

For media inquiries contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards.

 

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