By David Boyce
The experience Lindsey Ramsey had playing softball and going to school at UMKC altered the course of her life.
Ramsey arrived at UMKC in the fall of 2000 from William Chrisman High School excited to play Division I softball close to home, which made it easy for family and friends see her play.
She excelled on and off the field. She was a three-time Mid-Continent Conference all-academic selection while majoring in business. Ramsey was first-team all-conference her freshman season in 2001 and second team in 2002 and 2004.
By the time Ramsey graduated in 2004 with a business degree, she realized she wanted to go in a different direction.
Experiences like working softball camps for small children and special needs kids had significant meaning for Ramsey.
Doing good deeds in the community was something former UMKC softball coach Carla Marchetti instilled in her players.
After Ramsey received one degree from UMKC, she decided to get another from the university. Ramsey wanted to coach softball and teach. She got a teaching degree and returned home.
Ramsey is now the head softball coach and math teacher at William Chrisman.
“It was one of my main goals after I graduated from UMKC,” Ramsey said. “I only applied at one place and that was Chrisman. My goal was to go back and teach and coach there.
“I get to do what I love to do. I want to give that same experience to younger players who love to play the game. It is a neat experience.”
Because Ramsey accomplished so many wonderful things while at UMKC during the early 2000s, she will experience another neat moment Friday evening when is inducted into the UMKC Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremony begins at a 6 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium Little Theatre.
Inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the women’s and men’s basketball games on Saturday. The women play Chicago State at 2 p.m. and the men follow at 5:15 p.m. Both games are at Municipal Auditorium.
“I am in awe of it,” Ramsey said. “I went to banquet dinners when I was in college, but it is a little different with the spotlight being on me and some other inductees.
“I am excited and anxious and feeling some nerves, but I am looking forward to it for sure.”
The numbers Ramsey put up certainly makes her worthy of the honor. Nearly a decade has passed since Ramsey last played at UMKC, but her name remains prominent in the record book.
Ramsey ranks second in assists with 476, third in games played with 219, fourth in doubles with 32 and seventh in hits with 166.
The plays Ramsey made on the field and the hits she got helped UMKC to the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title and that season the Kangaroos advanced to the tournament championship game.
Despite all the hits and plays in the field, when Ramsey looks back to her playing days, she recalls the time she spent with teammates and the softball camps they worked.
“It was great,” she said. “We were able to help and teach the sport you love playing that has given you so much. To be able to give back to somebody else who wants to learn and get involved at a young age is very rewarding.”
And UMKC is rewarding Ramsey for what she gave while she was a student-athlete.
“I was very surprised and felt very honored and humbled at the same time,” Ramsey said of her action to making the UMKC Hall of Fame. I played with a lot of great teammates. It is a big honor.
“I now teach and coach softball at Chrisman. A lot of that has to do with my experience of going to college and playing softball at UMKC.”