National show celebrates elite high school athletes, coaches and teams across the country
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today the 2023 USA TODAY High School Sports Awards national show, debuting a new podcast-style talk show format. The national show premiers on Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. ET on the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards website. USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, honors the top athletic accomplishments of over 40 athletes in 18 sports categories – baseball, softball, track & field, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, cross country, golf, bowling, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling, basketball, football, flag football, swimming & diving and tennis. National nominees are selected through statistical analysis, game coverage and coach and athletic director feedback.
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This year’s show brings together sports experts across the USA TODAY Network including USA TODAY Sports Columnist Christine Brennan, who serves as emcee alongside co-hosts Ryan O’Leary, USA TODAY Ventures Content Manager, Barrett Fontana, USA TODAY Ventures Content and Athlete Operations Specialist and Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY Sports NOW Reporter.
“Over the years we’ve had the honor of recognizing elite high school athletes and this year’s class doesn’t disappoint,” said Jason Taylor, Head of USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. “We are excited to share this new show format highlighting our very own distinguished Sports experts to spotlight incredible high school athletes, coaches and their teams. The program not only recognizes and awards the top performers in high school athletics, but also tells the stories that happen on and off the field of resilience, courage and perseverance.”
The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards program also highlights the most inspiring stories in high school sports, including the Special Olympics and Courage Awards, as well as recognizes the outstanding coaches of the year in addition to Girls and Boys Athlete of the Year and Girls and Boys Teams of the Year.
The show will also be available on the USA TODAY Sports YouTube Channel, USA TODAY High School Sports Awards Podcast on Spotify and the USA TODAY channel streaming on multiple platforms online, from your smartphone or TV, including XUMO, The Roku Channel, Amazon News, Tubi and Samsung TV Plus. Watch video highlights of individual award winners on the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards website as well as Instagram, Facebook and Threads.
For more details about the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards program, please visit https://sportsawards.usatoday.com.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally-focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer Prize-winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Our current portfolio of media assets includes The USA TODAY NETWORK, which includes USA TODAY, and local media organizations in 43 states in the United States, and Newsquest, a wholly-owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom. We also own digital marketing services companies under the brand LocaliQ, which provide a cloud-based platform of products to enable small and medium-sized businesses to accomplish their marketing goals. In addition, our portfolio includes one of the largest media-owned events businesses in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.
ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AWARDS
The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards celebrate the best athletes in regions and states across the country. With 42 regional programs and one national program, it is one of the largest high school sports recognition efforts in the country, all of which culminate in awards shows, featuring top professional athletes. 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 https://sportsawards.usatoday.com.
ABOUT USA TODAY NETWORK VENTURES
USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures creates impactful consumer engagements and experiences through world-class events, promotions, races, and technology. The Ventures portfolio includes the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, and other celebrated brands including the Official Community’s Choice Awards, American Influencer Awards, Rugged Maniac, Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, Blockbuster Bucket List sweepstakes, Amazing Teachers contest, and more.