Longtime Washburn, Community Volunteer Earns Award

Bill Sneed

A local volunteer is being recognized for his years of service.

The Junior League of Topeka named Bill Sneed their Community Volunteer of the Year.

Sneed was born and raised in Wellington and came to Topeka as a student at Washburn University, where he met his wife, Diane. They have two children, Sarah and Tanner. Besides his family, he's pursued many passions in the community. He has dedicated hours to Washburn University's women's soccer team, the Sneed track, and the Ichabod Scholarship Fund. He also serves as president of the Auburn-Washburn school board and supports of the Boy Scouts and Topeka Performing Arts Center.

"You need to be a part of something, whether it's a club or something at the university itself, or the city, or whatever it may be," Sneed says. "You have to give back. All of those things kind of make me who I am."

For years, Bill has taken time out of his day job at Poisinelli law firm and devoted it to Washburn athletics.

"What I like about Bill is his passion - his passion for Washburn, his passion for making things better, not just here at Washburn, also within the community," said Kerry Dickerson, Washburn's Associate Athletics Director. "He has great vision, but he truly has a passion for Washburn and that's fun to be around."

It is Sneed's active commitment to Topeka that sets him apart.

"Everybody needs to do something," Sneed says. "Quit waiting for somebody else to do it. I think if we all made that decision, we'll make our community a much better place to live and grow in."

Sneed will receive the award Thursday night during an event at Topeka's Capitol Plaza Hotel.