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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022, 7:00 p.m
STREB’s Action Maverick Award Benefit celebrates the heroes who inspire us, and serves as our signature fundraising event, helping us to pursue our mission and sustain our entire organization. Funds raised support Elizabeth Streb’s groundbreaking work through the STREB Extreme Action Company’s performances, which take place at our home in Brooklyn and around the world; our educational partnerships and community engagement programs that inspire and empower the Action Heroes and leaders of tomorrow; and, it ensures accessibility by supporting our scholarship and ticket subsidy programs.
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About our 2022 Action Maverick Award Honoree

Kathy Nobles followed her passion and dreams for teaching and athletics.  She worked as a New York City Physical Education teacher for 30 years culminating her career with a 20 year positon at PS 29 in Brooklyn before retiring in 2020.

Kathy grew up in Long Island, New York. She actually learned how to run before she could walk.  In school, she excelled in field hockey, gymnastics, basketball and volleyball. 

She was awarded a full scholarship to Adelphi University for her impressive talent in field hockey.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1980, she was selected to attend Long Island University on a work scholarship for the Sports Medicine Department. There she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education and Recreation Therapy.

Kathy’s career began at United Cerebral Palsy as a recreational therapist working with profoundly disabled youth and continued as a classroom teacher instructing autistic pre-K children at the Herbert G. Birch School.

Hired by the New York City Department of Education in 1998, Kathy took a position at PS 279 as an Adapted Physical Education teacher working with mentally and physically challenged students. Ten years later Kathy took a different direction and accepted a position as the Physical Education Teacher at PS 29 Elementary School.

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Kathy Nobles

At PS 29, Kathy was given the freedom to create and cultivate a curriculum based on her philosophy of teaching physical education. This philosophy incorporated her belief that all children can enjoy and excel in physical activity. Utilizing her talents in adapting activities to each child’s skill level, she allowed them to feel safe taking risks.  She believes that teaching a diversified curriculum incorporating gymnastics, dance, circus skills, cooperative games, fitness, yoga and team sports gives children the opportunity to find their individual passion in physical movement.

Kathy unexpectedly came across an outdoor performance of the Streb Extreme Action Company in Manhattan and recalls being mesmerized by the gravity defying moves of the dancers.  She immediately thought about the benefits of offering this type of action-based dance program to her students.  For 10 years, Streb has become one of most popular programs at PS 29.  Kathy believes that this life changing and empowering program belongs in every school. The students, parents and school administration look forward to the performances every year. During the 8 week collaboration with the Streb dancers, this unique program inspires risk taking, creativity and self-esteem.

What is an Action Maverick?

An original. A person that breaks the rules, re-interprets or establishes new parameters of their craft. New artistic, educational, scientific visions. A risk taker. A hero.

Action Mavericks Honorees

2021 Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
2020 Joshua Ramus
2019 Nona Hendryx and Barbara Hillary
2018 Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
2017 Neil A. Mazzella
2016 Laurie Anderson
2015 Dean Potter
2014 Bill T. Jones & Bjorn Amelan

2013 Snohetta
2012 Bettina Drummond
2011 Diana Nyad
2010 Trisha Brown
2009 Cheryl Stearns
2008 Hugh Herr
2007 Noe and Ivan Espana
2006 Philippe Petit
2005 John and Sage Cowles

Lead sponsors for the event to date include Andrea Woodner & Allison Kavey, Neil & Machiko Mazzella, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Select Equity Foundation. 

Please note:

Masks will be optional at this year’s Action Maverick Award Benefit at SLAM as the event will include catered hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Additionally, the ability to socially distance will not be possible at all times. We are currently requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend (at least 2 weeks have passed after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks have passed after a single-dose vaccine, such as J&J).

For those traveling internationally:  Being up-to-date on your COVID vaccines is dependent on what vaccines are available and authorized in your country of residence. So, if a particular country hasn’t authorized vaccines (or boosters) for a particular age group, then you are still compliant as long as you’ve received every dose that you are eligible for.

Please know that these requirements may evolve at our discretion and in line with any public health conditions and policies. We will do our best to provide any updates to the below protocols should they change, and will communicate any additional details closer to the event.

If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please reach out to to discuss a reasonable accommodation. We also ask that everyone stays home if you are experiencing any sickness or symptoms.