Fourth-year University of Lethbridge kinesiology student Kamryn Sandberg embodies determination, compassion, and boundless enthusiasm for making a positive impact in her community.

Kamryn’s contributions to the community were recently recognized when she received two prestigious awards — the YWCA Young Woman of Promise Award and the Knud Petersen Spirit in Sport Award.

It is so motivating and humbling to be recognized amongst so many incredible recipients. I'm super eager and I love taking on any opportunity that is offered my way. So, to be recognized for it was something I truly never imagined. I just knew that I love doing what I do and just wanted to help as many people as possible. To be recognized for my impact in the community is truly so heartwarming, it makes me so happy.
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From her earliest days on campus, Kamryn's passion for helping others ignited a flame that would illuminate the lives of countless individuals. Through her coursework, Kamryn found a platform to channel her empathy and skills into tangible community initiatives. It was in the classroom, under the guidance of dedicated professors like Ian Bennett, that Kamryn discovered the transformative power of adapted physical activity.

Ian’s Adapting Physical Activity class has played an incredible role in helping me build an inclusive and adaptive community where everyone has a place in sport by leading physically active lifestyles.

Armed with knowledge and a heart brimming with compassion, Kamryn embarked on a journey to bridge the gap between ability and opportunity. She dove headfirst into work with organizations like the Alberta Sport and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB), where she not only led programs but became a beacon of hope and encouragement for visually impaired individuals seeking the joy of physical activity.

Kamryn's impact extends far beyond the confines of the University campus. With her unwavering dedication and boundless energy, she pioneered initiatives that brought joy and empowerment to her community. From launching Lethbridge's first visually impaired dragon boating team to organizing lacrosse sessions for all abilities, Kamryn's efforts know no bounds.

Kamryn is a great example of a well-rounded student who views challenges as opportunities. Her philosophy of leadership which embraces inclusion should be an example for leaders of all ages. - Ian Bennett, Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Yet, Kamryn's journey was not one walked alone. Alongside her stood a steadfast friend and volunteer, Taya Krueger, whose unwavering support and dedication mirrored Kamryn's own. Together, they forged a partnership that exemplified the power of teamwork and solidarity in creating lasting change. It was Taya who in fact nominated Kamryn for the YWCA Young Woman of Promise Award.

As Kamryn prepares to graduate from the University of Lethbridge, her impact reverberates throughout the community, leaving a legacy of inclusion, empowerment, and boundless possibility. With aspirations of becoming a physical therapist, Kamryn's journey is far from over. Her experiences at ULethbridge have not only equipped her with the knowledge and skills to succeed but have instilled within her a deep-rooted commitment to serving others.

Through her remarkable journey, Kamryn Sandberg has proven that the true measure of success lies not in accolades or achievements but in the lives touched, the barriers broken, and the hearts inspired. She is a testament to the transformative power of education, empathy, and unwavering determination—a shining example of the extraordinary impact one individual can have on their community and beyond.