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Meet Kate Hwang

Director of Adaptive Sports Programs, AIT, CF-L2
816-627-2220

Director of Adaptive Sports Programs, AIT, CF-L2

Allow me to introduce myself and share a glimpse of my advocacy that has led me to where I am today. My name is Kate Hwang, and my journey is one defined by unwavering commitment, overcoming challenges, and championing the cause of individuals with disabilities. As a retired Kansas City Missouri Police Officer, I have transitioned from the front lines of law enforcement to a dynamic role at The Whole Person, where my passion for fostering health, independence, and inclusivity takes center stage.

My story is one of resilience born from adversity. In the line of duty, I faced an unforeseen setback, sustaining injuries that altered the trajectory of my life. Yet, in the face of this challenge, I emerged as a testament to the power of determination and the capacity of the human spirit to preserve. It was during this transformative period that I discovered my true calling – a profound dedication to my community, an ardent embrace of diversity, and an unyielding desire to contribute to the betterment of others.

My values are deeply rooted in the principles of community and diversity. Throughout my career as a Kansas City Missouri Police Officer, I witnessed the strength that emerges when individuals from all walks of life come together to create a safer, more inclusive environment. This invaluable perspective has fueled my ongoing commitment to championing diversity, striving to create spaces where everyone’s unique strengths are celebrated.

At The Whole Person, I have found an ideal platform to continue this mission. As an Adaptive Athlete, I am not only a living testament to the potential of human adaptability but also an active advocate for individuals with disabilities. In my current role, I work to support a vibrant community of adaptive athletes and individuals who share the aspiration of cultivating healthy lifestyles and achieving true independent living. With firsthand experience as a traumatic brain injury survivor, I understand the unique challenges individuals face and am driven to provide guidance and unwavering support.

My commitment is to foster inclusive communities, celebrate diversity, and promote healthy living habits. I am excited to bring my unique blend of life experiences, values, and determination to contribute meaningfully to The Whole Person in meaningful and impactful ways.

Contact Kate Hwang at 816-627-2220, or adaptivesports@thewholeperson.org.


Meet Sgt. Kreed Buck

Adaptive Sports Coach
816-627-2217

Meet Sgt. Kreed Buck is a distinguished member of the United States Marine Corps and the newly appointed Adaptive Sports Coach at The Whole Person. As a Reservist within the Marine Corps, Sgt. Buck is an 81mm Mortarmen. He specializes in operating heavy machinery to handle CNC equipment, employing manual machines with precision for specific tolerances, and orchestrating training objectives for the Fire Direction Center within the 3/23 Weapons Company.

 

Sgt. Buck's accomplishments are many; one has been earning the lead honor for Lands Specialty and Manufacturing. His proactive involvement includes spearheading and actively participating in the planning, training, and execution of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Super Squad Competition Alaska 23, where he excelled in his role as an Infantry Instructor.

 

Beyond his military endeavors, Sgt. Buck is a dedicated fitness enthusiast frequently found lifting weights at his local gym, running, (napping), and diligently checking in with his squad to ensure they are on track to achieve both their military and personal life goals. With a commitment to excellence both in and out of uniform, Sgt. Kreed Buck exemplifies the cornerstone of leadership and achievement. We at TWP are excited to have him on our team.