Comcast is partnering with five area high schools to recognize excellence in teaching along with excellence in sports in an Olympic-themed event at the Independence Events Center.

Students and community members from William Chrisman, Truman, Van Horn, Raytown and Raytown South high schools have nominated the teachers and/or coaches they feel best bring “Gold Medal” attributes to the classroom. Those attributes include being inspirational, motivational, hard-working, persistent and dedicated.

Community members are now invited to cast their vote on Facebook ( to determine the winning individual from each school. The top vote-getter from each school will receive $500 and each school will receive an educational grant for $2,500.

All five winners will be announced at a free, open-to-the-public community event and celebration at 4-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Events Center.

Ken Morrow, a member of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team, will be the featured guest and there will be a number of televisions around the IEC where participants can watch the Winter Games from Sochi, Russia.

The event will also feature ice skating, including clinics and demonstrations with Missouri Mavericks members and Heartland Skating Club instructors; games for kids; the announcement of the gold medal teachers; a musical performance by Mr. Stinky Feet, Jim Cosgrove; refreshments, prizes and a special appearance by KSHB-TV sports director Jack Harry.