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USA TODAY Announces 2022 High School Sports Awards Show Hosts

Rob Gronkowski & Vernon Davis to Host the National Show Celebrating Elite Athletes, Coaches and Teams Across the Country

The 2022 USA TODAY’s High School Sports Awards, announced Rob Gronkowski, recently retired tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Vernon Davis, former NFL tight end, as this year’s hosts of the national show. The awards show premieres on July 31 at 8 p.m. ET on the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards Website, YouTube and the USA TODAY channel available on most smart televisions and devices.

USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, honoring the top athletic accomplishments and the most inspiring stories in high school sports, on and off the field. With 24 in-person local shows across the country, the program culminates with a national show featuring athletes from all 50 states. The national show recognizes the best athletes in 18 national sports, as well as premier awards including Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rising Star, Courage Award, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year and Play of the Year among others.

“These young athletes are incredibly impressive and it’s truly an honor to recognize them for their talents and commitment to their sport,” said Rob Gronkowski. “Meeting these athletes now is so fun because I know many of them will continue to play the game they love professionally.”

“I’ve said it before, if you want success, you have to work hard for it,” said Vernon Davis. “So, it’s great to see these young athletes putting in the work, having fun and getting the recognition they deserve for being the top athletes in their sport. I’m excited to cheer them on and be a part of their celebration.”

Nominees for the regional and national programs are posted to individual state websites as they are selected. National nominees are selected through statistical analysis, game coverage and coach and athletic director feedback.

“We have the unique opportunity to put the spotlight on the nation’s best high school athletes and we’re thrilled to have Rob and Vernon join us this year to celebrate them, their accomplishments and their incredible talent,” said Jason Taylor, President, USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. “We are excited to have such talented athletes join us in honoring the nation’s best student and future professional athletes.”

For show updates, honoree selections, and more, please visit


The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, one of the nation's largest high school sports recognition programs, celebrates the best athletes in regions and states across the country. Athletes of the year in each sport are named and other special honors are given, including Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and more. Celebrating the spirit of sport is the heart of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards and is fostered on the pages of our local newspapers and news websites across the USA TODAY NETWORK. For more information, visit


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