Advocate for Education
former Goddard teacher and coach is being honored posthumously for his service contributions during his lifetime. He wore many hats including Goddard educator and coach, Kansas Legislator, and Kansas State High School Activities Association Assistant Executive Director. During his eight years at the Kansas Statehouse, Representative Bowden became an advocate for education, chairing a Task Force on School Finance where he was instrumental in helping craft a school finance law that would ensure equal opportunity for students across the state. In 1993 Rick joined the Kansas State High School Activities Association for 18 years as the Assistant Executive Director supervising football, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track and field programs. He retired in 2011, but his work can still be seen impacting hundreds of thousands of Kansas public school students every day.