September| Blue KC Coaches with Character
The “C” You in the Major Leagues Foundation and Blue KC have announced Blue Valley High School freshman volleyball, and track and field coach Peggy Rose as the September Blue KC Coaches with Character honoree.
“I am extremely honored and humbled,” said Rose, who has been coaching at Blue Valley for 37 years. “I’ve worked with so many great coaches and watched so many in action over my own competitive career and also as a college, high school and club coach. And I am very excited to be included with fellow coaches who help provide opportunities for the youth of Kansas City and live with strong values and ethics.”
Rose was nominated for Blue KC Coaches with Character by Caitlin Truhe, an athletic trainer with the University of Kansas Health System which serves Blue Valley High School.
“Coach Rose, or ‘P. Rose’ as we call her, lives her life in service of others: family, friends, school and community,” said Truhe. “Peggy brings an energy that is motivating and at the same time relatable. Her leadership is the quiet, ever-present kind. She may not be the loudest in the room, but athletes, fellow coaches and teachers are all confident in her opinion and advice. Peggy Rose is an institution at BVHS; an unofficial mascot.”
Since coming to Blue Valley in 1981, Rose has been investing in the lives of her student-athletes. On the court and track, she helps her athletes recognize the importance of “playing for each other” and valuing everyone’s role on the team. One of Rose’s favorite lessons to instill is that anything worth doing is worth doing right and well. And when it comes to mistakes, her encouragement to her athletes is to move on and focus on the next play.
Off the court, Rose takes time to invest in the kids at Blue Valley. According to Truhe, she walks the halls knowing the first name of almost every student, and she focuses on finding out who her students are as people and learning how to encourage them.
“She takes the time to know you,” said Truhe. “She’ll learn about your family, your academics, and your passions. When you’re having a bad day, she’ll pull you aside and talk it through. Even after her practice ends, she comes to your game to cheer you on.”
In addition to coaching track and field and freshman volleyball at Blue Valley, Rose also serves as a club volleyball coach for Team KC in the winter, gives private track clinics and serves as the athletic director at a summer camp in Michigan where she teaches activities to campers.
“It takes a person with a special heart and talent to coach for 37 years,” said Dayton Moore, Royals GM and Founder/Executive Director of CYITML. “Peggy Rose is leaving an incredible legacy in the lives of not only her athletes, but, very likely, all of the students at Blue Valley High School.”
As a Blue KC Coaches with Character honoree, Rose joined Moore, Blue KC executives and the five other coaches who have been honored throughout the season, at a recognition event Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. Following a reception, the coaches were honored on the field during the first inning of the Royals game against the Chicago White Sox.
In addition to the September recognition, Rose will be interviewed on 810 WHB and receive a VIP gift package from Blue KC and “C” You In The Major Leagues. Blue KC also made a $2,000 donation to CYITML in her honor.
“It’s our pleasure to recognize Peggy Rose—a coach with an incredible legacy,” said Christina Lively, Department Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Blue KC. “For almost four decades, she has helped hundreds of young men and women become not just better athletes, but better people. At Blue KC, we are passionate about our community, and there’s few people who have made KC a better place to live, work and play than Coach Rose.”