West Michigan High School Sports Awards launches
West Michigan High School Sports Awards (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK)
HOLLAND, Mich. — November 15, 2020 – The West Michigan High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the top student athletes from the western Michigan area. Honorees for 28 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year in the Ionia Sentinel Standard and The Holland Sentinel and on the event website at sportsawards.usatoday.com/westmichigan.
During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport. The awards showcase will also feature other premier awards for both on and off-field accomplishments of student athletes, coaches and teams, including awards for a scholar athlete of the year, the top band, the coach of the year, team of the year, and the male and female athlete of the year.
The awards show will be free to watch on any smartphone or computer thanks to sponsor support. It is scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2021. Honorees should register on the show website to reserve their complimentary athlete gift box, which is scheduled to arrive approximately one week prior to the show. Registrations are also used to send out awards for winners following the show.
Visit sportsawards.usatoday.com/westmichigan to sign up for updates to keep up with show updates, honoree selections, presenter announcements and more.
The West Michigan High School Sports Awards is part of the USA High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country. Event organizers had hoped to plan for an in person event for 2021, but concern for the continued safety and health of students and their families with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, led to a decision to produce a streaming awards show.
“Due to the various county, state and regional variations in protection against the spread of the virus, as well as our own commitment to safety, we couldn’t confidently plan for live events across the country in 2021,” said Crystal Costa, Gannett’s event director for the high school sports award series. “We do hope and plan to be returning to our ESPY-style high school awards shows in person in 2022.”
Along with the chance to be recognized in this regional awards show, top student athletes may also be featured in the Michigan High School Sports Awards show. The state honorees will also be announced throughout the year, and these honorees, along with winners in each category will be revealed during the Michigan High School Sports Awards on-demand broadcast, premiering at 7 p.m. EDT July 15 on sportsawards.usatoday.com/michigan.
Visit the website to sign up for updates and honoree selections throughout the year. Stories about the selections and more program information can also be found at www.usatoday.com/sports/high-school-sports-awards.
Finally, the most elite high school athletes, coaches and teams from across the U.S will be featured in the inaugural USA TODAY High School Sports Awards show. The Michigan athlete of the year winners will be national honorees in cross country, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, football, hockey, swimming and diving, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, softball, track and field, baseball and gymnastics.
The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards show, which will be televised and available for streaming in early August, will showcase those honorees from each state, announce the top three in the country and then name the athlete of the year in each sport. Viewers will also see awards for the freshman athlete of the year, the play of the year, the nation’s top male and female athlete, and many other premier awards for high school student athletes.
Please use the hashtag #WMICHIGANHSSA, #MICHIGANHSSA and #USATODAYHSSA for a chance to be featured on the social media feeds on the event websites and be a part of the online conversation.
Gannett owns and operates the largest high school athlete recognition program in the U.S.
Viewers can find honorees from various regions,including the national honorees and winners at sportsawards.usatoday.com. For more information, email [email protected]
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