Perhaps you were unable to share in the festivities and congratulate Don last Friday night. “Over the alst few weeks, many of Coach K’s players have been contacted and several have sent memories and congratulatory messages. I’d like to share a few excerpts from these with you now . . . ‘I have fond memories of playing summer and fall softbal all through High School . . . ‘ says one. Another said, ‘You have always been my favorite coach, even when you yelled at me for getting out at second after running past it.’ One player notes, ‘Not only did you make sports fun to be a part of, but you had the gift in making athletes work FOR you!’ Another affirmed, ‘He IS the reason I am a coach. I quote him daily in my practices and my athletes are just another generation of his teachings.’ And, finally perhaps this one sums it all up, “Commitment; pride in a job well done; teamwork and good sportsmanship — those are just a few of the many life lessons which echo not only from a rather small space near first and thrid bases, but across every inch of soil and every blade of grass on the Kenworthy Softball Field.’ The former players presented a memory book to Don. “Don Kenworthy began his teaching career in Corning August 1972. He taught high school and junior high social studies for 30 years. In 2002, he retired from teaching and coaching and was regarded by colleagues and students as one of the finest educators ever to teach in Corning. Don always considered teaching his most important task, but carried this passion onto the playing fields where he found equal success.
Don started the Corning softball program in the fall of 1972. He always displayed the attitude that anything was possible. He demonstrated this attitude by rolling up his sleeves and building the current softball field complex. Don assured that the girls’ athletic program never took a backseat to the boys’ programs by providing the girls with excellent facilities and quality athletic equipment. He coached softball from 1972 to the end of the 1987 season.
Don’s passion for coaching was demonatrated in other sports as well where he coached high school girls basketball, volleyball, and a variety of junior high sports from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. Don’s coaching career spanned 30 years and touched the lives of hundreds of athletes. His unselfish service to the school system and community has made Don Kenworthy a legendary coach, a loved patron, and an admired man.’ Brenda, his daughter and assistant coach, then presented flowers to her mother and a plaque to Don, which read, ‘To honor your service to the Corning Athletic Programs. By word and deed your presence has enriched the lives of our athletes and students and served as an example for all. Let it be known on June 27, 2008 the dedication of our softball complex named in your honor, Kenworthy Softball Field.’ Don, thanks for all you’ve done for our girls’ softball program!”