Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion in skiing, Lindsey Vonn, 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Alex Smith, and three-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings have joined the star cast of presenters and guests for Cincinnati High School Sports Awards given by Mercy Health. The show will also feature a virtual red carpet with Matt James and Tyler Cameron from “The Bachelor”.
Top professional athletes will help recognize student athletes from the Cincinnati area by announcing the Player of the Year award winners. The show includes award winners, finalists and winners in more than 20 sports and will also recognize non-athletic excellence in a variety of categories. The awards program concludes with some of the biggest names in professional sport announcing the coach of the year, team of the year, and student athletes to receive the highest honors for male and female athlete of the year.
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Smith will announce this year’s recipient of the Courage Award, which recognizes student athletes who have shown great courage and inspired those around them when faced with challenges and obstacles in their lives on or off the field.
In his first season as starting quarterback for the Washington Football team, Smith suffered a serious injury that nearly resulted in the amputation of his right leg. After numerous operations, months in the hospital and two long rehabilitation stays, Smith returned to the field. He didn’t skip a beat and again took on the role of quarterback starter and led Washington to the NFC East Championship. His resilience and determination made him the runaway favorite to win the NFL’s 2020 Comeback Player of the Year.
Vonn, a former Alpine World Cup ski racer for the US ski team, is one of only two female skiers to have won four overall World Cup championships. It claims the second highest super rating of all skiers – men or women – and has achieved a record of eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline. Her long list of medals and championships makes Vonn the most successful American ski racer and she is considered one of the greatest skiers in the world.
Walsh Jennings (42), also known as “Six Feet of Sunshine”, announces the winners of volleyball. She would like to take part in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo with partner Brooke Sweat. She became the most decorated beach volleyball Olympic champion of all time after winning bronze in 2016. This five-time Olympic champion has three gold and one bronze medals in beach volleyball and holds the record for tournament victories at 135 for her career.
James and Cameron both attended Wake Forest University and played soccer for the Atlantic Coast Conference Division 1. They are American television personalities, entrepreneurs, and activists. In 2019, Cameron was cast in season 15 of “The Bachelorette”. Soon after, James was cast in his historic role as the first black male lead on ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor”. You are also the co-founder of ABC Food Tours, a nonprofit whose mission it is to empower students by providing experiences in diverse cultures and career opportunities.
The Cincinnati High School Sports Awards is a multi-month athlete recognition program that culminates in a year-end awards ceremony on June 28th. Due to the safety precautions of COVID-19 for students and guest speakers, the event has been converted to an on-demand broadcast show for 2021. The honoree selection for state-sanctioned sports, all of which are featured on the show, will be available year-round announced on the event website.
The show can be viewed for free on any smartphone or computer thanks to local business sponsors. Prize winners should register on the show’s website to reserve their free athlete gift box. Registrations are also used to send out awards for winners after the show.
The best high school athletes, coaches, and teams from nationally recognized sports in the United States are featured at the inaugural USA TODAY High School Sports Awards. Nationwide Athlete of the Year winners will be among the national award winners.