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The Topeka Capital-Journal: Jason Sudeikis is Kansan of the Year for his eternally optimistic, Emmy-adored 'Ted Lasso'

Big Slick 2016

By Todd Fertig

At the outset of the pandemic, streaming television series was a novelty for many. People stuck at home with more time on their hands than they’d ever experienced discovered the escape of binge watching previously released series.  

But as the novelty of the pandemic wore off and the months slowly crept by, at-home entertainment became increasingly necessary to ward off COVID-fatigue. Isolation, depression and anxiety were just some of the by-products of the collective experience.  

Into that gloom stepped a hero. When the world needed an inspiration, a breath of fresh air, a source of optimism, it got a coach: "Ted Lasso."

The sports comedy-drama that brought much-needed hope and hilarity to millions of viewers is the creation of Overland Park native Jason Sudeikis. The Apple TV+ series earned Sudeikis numerous awards over the past year, including Gannett Kansas' Kansan of the Year award for 2021.

Sudeikis is one of the celebrities behind the Big Slick softball event that partners with the Kansas City Royals to raise money for the Cancer Center at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is a well-known supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals and University of Kansas sports teams.


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