Mom of the Week winner week 1

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 19, 2016 - 2:31 PM

A successful football team is one where the players and coaches work together to achieve their goals.

While the bulk of the attention is given to those players and coaches there are plenty of other people who make a football team go every day of the season and the offseason.

One group of people that might just be the most important is the football moms. Whether it’s making meals that keep the player strong, doing that dirty laundry or giving the support that helps the player stay focused the football mom is in the silent force behind a successful football program.

Sport Shake and PrepsKC want to honor these unsung heroes with the first annual Mom of the Week contest. Each week you can nominate a mother for the Mom of the Week contest by submitting an essay telling us why your mom’s impact is important to your individual or team success. Each week the winning essay will earn that team’s booster club a $1,000 gift courtesy of Sports Shake.

The first winner of the Sport Shake Mom of the Week contest is Staci Blaha of Platte County. She was nominated by Head Football Coach Bill Utz for her work with all facets of the program. Blaha has had four sons play for Platte County and Utz said in his essay she gives of her time and effort year round.

Here is an excerpt from Utz’s submission:

“Ms. Blaha not only gives her time to our team during the season, she works year round to find sponsors for our team and designs and directs our annual golf tournament. Ms. Blaha is very spiritual, and knows she is a blessed person. She is very quick to give back. She provides countless service to needy families, and I have never seen her turn down an opportunity to help anyone with a need.

Her husband recently had a severe accident that in the short term has left him with 24 hour care. I called her to ask her what I could help her with. She simply said how lucky they were, and asked if I needed any help with the team.

As I said before, there are many deserving moms, but Staci Blaha is a great choice and wonderful person to represent this award.”

To enter next week’s contest submit an essay detailing the work of your special Mother. The essays need to be 200 words or less and can be submitted to

The contest for week 2 begins now with the next winner announced Wednesday, Aug. 24. A winner will be announced for the next eight weeks with the story posted on

For complete rules click here.