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Ericka Mabion Honored by Kansas City Royals for STEM Advocacy

A smiling woman in blue appears on the Jumbotron at a baseball stadium. She is waving and holding a plaque.

The Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat is one of the greatest Kansas City honors for individuals impacting our community. KCPS would like to congratulate Ericka Mabion, iSpark/CTE STEM Coordinator, who was recognized by the Royals on KC STEM Day at the K.

“I am extremely honored to have received such an important award as the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat,” Ms. Mabion said. “I am earnestly grateful for the recognition received for my work. It would not be possible if not for the support of those within my STEM and KCPS network. Like Mr. O’Neil, I face daily challenges. But each of them has only strengthened me to make the person I am today: an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.”

Ms. Mabion was honored on July 26, 2022, during the Royals’ first homestand after Mr. O’Neil’s long-awaited induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mr. O’Neil spent most of his playing career with the Kansas City Monarchs and was the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. He was pivotal in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Royals continue to honor his commitment to Kansas City through the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program.

Congratulations, Ms. Mabion! You help our students realize their full potential through career and technical education. Thank you for being part of Team KCPS.