Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kenny Walsh is not only passionate about keeping our local community healthy and active, he is also dedicated to keeping his father’s legacy alive through a nonprofit organization that is very near and dear to his heart.
What do you do?
I am responsible for the oversight and direction of all the recreational programs and events for the City. My favorite part of my job is being able to provide fun recreational activities for residents and working with organizations that provide a good service to the community. We work with a lot of nonprofit organizations to help raise awareness for a good cause.
How long have you worked with the City and how did you start here?
I’ve been with League City for five and a half years, prior to that I was in the Dallas area where I worked in parks and recreation for over 10 years. I grew up in the Humble area, moved to Dallas in 2001 and always wanted to come back home and I did when I got this job. I always had a passion for recreation and I just want kids to put down their video games and go outside and play sports.
What organization is near and dear to your heart?
My family started the Ray Walsh foundation after my dad, who dad passed away from cancer. We started a foundation to raise money for cancer research and put on fun runs and a golf tournament every year. Each year we also identify a child with cancer and we adopt his or her family to help them have a good Christmas by buying them presents or donating money that they can use for treatment. We meet every year with doctors and talk to them about treatments and where our money is going. We donate about $30,000 to $40,000 a year to different hospitals, like MD Anderson Cancer Center or Methodist Hospital. We’ve raised close to $400,000 in 14 years since we started.
How can people find more information?
They can visit www.raywalshfoundation.org for more information about our fundraising efforts.
Why was it so important to start this foundation?
After my dad passed away, we wanted to keep his legacy alive and do what we can to help other families that are going with what we went through to try and help. I have seven brothers and sisters and we all serve as board members.
What was it like growing up with seven siblings?
It was a lot of fun, we’re a big sports family and we almost had a whole team. Every day we grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, we are all still very close.
Hobbies outside of work?
Golf, baseball, and just doing anything with the kids, doesn’t matter what we’re doing. I have a son, Cameron, who is 13 and my daughter, Mallory, who is 11, and my wife, Lori, who I’ve been married to for 15 years.
What are some new programs you helped introduce to League City?
We’ve added bird watching monthly and outdoor education classes, youth pickleball, a lot of mom and preschool classes, we’ve sanctioned USAPA pickleball tournaments. We’ve also added adaptive programming for special needs, ballet classes, lil’ hip hoppers, and family campout
Favorite sports teams?
I love all Houston teams, the Houston Rockets, Astros, and Texans.
Three words to describe yourself:
Passionate, family-oriented, and fun.