Remembering Steve Zinn




You may not even have known him, but if you participated in any KVSA activities in the past, your lives were touched by Steve Zinn. We lost Steve to a terrible car accident at the entrance to the KVSA fields on the morning of September 18th, 2004. Steve died on his way to help with the KVSA's Kansas Cup All Girls Tournament that day. He was a longtime soccer coach and former KVSA Board Member.

Steve got acquainted with soccer through the activities of his children, chasing soccer balls at practice. He helped as assistant coach and later as head coach of his children's teams. He really enjoyed the Recreational Program of KVSA and wanted to help more children to enjoy the game of soccer. In June 2002, Steve joined the KVSA Board and took upon him the leadership of the Recreational Division, the core program of KVSA. Under his guidance over 100 teams totaling more than 1000 children from Lawrence and surrounding areas played soccer for 7 weeks during each fall and spring season. In addition, he organized the Friendship Cup Tournament and Fun Festival each spring. Steve immersed himself totally in all soccer activities, from team formation, finding team coaches, occasionally patching the field with extra dirt, to handing out trophies at the tournament. Steve decided to leave the KVSA Board due to a heavy demand on his time as an appellate public defender. Throughout all his activities, Steve was the nicest and fairest person you will ever have known. 

Steve coached many games on Field 12 and, therefore, this field has been named after him. The Board encourages you to commemorate Steve, who was a loving father and husband, courageous public defender, and soccer advocate. Please, take a moment to consider with gratitude the contributions that Steve made to our community and indeed the state of Kansas. Donations can be made to the Steve Zinn Soccer Scholarship Fund supporting children who need financial aid to play soccer (see below for details).

The SKV Board.


Steve Zinn Soccer Scholarship Fund: make your donation by completing the SKV registration form on our website,, or by mailing a check with reference to the Steve Zinn Soccer Scholarship Fund to SKV, P.O. Box 3729, Lawrence, KS 66046.