NBA Champion, MVP and Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame Class of 2020 inductee Kevin Garnett will announce the basketball winners on the Better Jacksonville Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards. Garnett joins a listing of newly launched prime athletes and celebrities that can be part of the present.
The Better Jacksonville Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards is a part of the biggest highschool sports activities recognition program within the nation. High athletes in most state-sanctioned sports activities can be honored throughout an on-demand broadcast at 8 p.m. Jap June 28 on the event website.
The Minnesota Timberwolves chosen Kevin Garnett with their fifth total choose within the 1995 NBA draft, changing into the primary NBA participant drafted immediately out of highschool in 20 years. Recognized for his depth, defensive capacity and flexibility, Garnett is taken into account one of many biggest energy forwards of all time. He’s one in every of 4 NBA gamers to win each the Most Precious Participant and the Defensive Participant of the 12 months awards. Garnett was named to fifteen All-Star Video games, successful the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is presently tied for third-most All-Star picks in NBA historical past.
The present can be hosted by Laura Rutledge and Desmond Howard.
Florida native and 2012 Miss Florida, Rutledge now attracts viewers because the host of ESPN’s NFL Dwell and SEC Community’s SEC Nation. She has anchored SportsCenter and hosted purple carpet protection at each The Dwelling Depot Faculty Soccer Awards and the ESPYs. Rutledge is a mainstay in ESPN’s intensive championship protection surrounding the Faculty Soccer Playoff, NCAA Ladies’s Gymnastics Championships, and each the Ladies’s Faculty World Collection and Faculty World Collection. She can also be an Ambassador for the Miracle League, a company that builds baseball fields for youngsters with disabilities.
A Heisman Trophy winner and Tremendous Bowl XXXI MVP, Howard joined ESPN as a university soccer analyst after 11 seasons within the NFL. A 3-sport star out of Cleveland, Ohio, Howard earned the function of large receiver for the College of Michigan, the place he received the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award and first group All-American Honors. He was chosen fourth total within the 1992 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and later performed for the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the place he turned the one Tremendous Bowl MVP to ever win the designation solely on particular groups efficiency. In 2011, Howard was elected to the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame.
The hockey Athletes of the 12 months can be introduced by Martin St. Louis.
Undrafted out of faculty, Hockey Corridor of Famer St. Louis performed in over 1,000 video games and scored 1,000 factors throughout his 16-year NHL profession. St. Louis spent nearly all of his profession (13 seasons) with the Tampa Bay Lightning, main the group to the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship and retiring because the franchises’ all-time main purpose scorer. He’s a two-time silver medalist on the World Championships and received gold on the 2014 Winter Video games for Workforce Canada.
The golf athletes of the yr can be introduced by Ryan Palmer.
After graduating from Amarillo Excessive Faculty, Texas native Ryan Palmer went on to play golf at Texas A&M College, the place he was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2016. 4 years after commencement, Palmer earned his PGA Tour card and scored his first profession PGA Tour win the identical yr on the 2004 FUNAI Basic on the Walt Disney World Resort, the place he defeated Vijay Singh. Since then, he has received 4 PGA Tour tournaments. Palmer created the Ryan Palmer Basis in 2004 with a mission to create alternatives for youths by means of entry to schooling, self-care and private improvement.
Bowling can be introduced by Chris Barnes, a Topeka, Kansas, native who claims 19 PBA Tour titles in his bowling profession. The 2018 PBA Corridor of Fame inductee is one in every of solely seven skilled bowlers to assert the triple crown.
The Better Jacksonville Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards is a multi-month student-athlete recognition program. As a result of COVID-19 security precautions for college students and visitor audio system, the occasion was transformed to an on-demand broadcast present for 2021. Honoree picks for state sanctioned sports activities, who’re all featured within the present, are introduced all year long on the event website.
The present can be free to observe on any smartphone or laptop due to native enterprise sponsors, together with VyStar Credit score Union. Honorees ought to register on the present web site to order their complimentary athlete present field. Registrations are additionally used to ship out awards for winners following the present.
Different athletes becoming a member of this system which were beforehand introduced embrace:
- Three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers
- Two-time FIFA World Cup soccer champion Alex Morgan
- 5-time swimming Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky
- Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Cup snowboarding champion Lindsey Vonn
- 2020 NFL Comeback Participant of the 12 months Alex Smith
- Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings
- Baseball Corridor of Famer Chipper Jones
- U.S. Ladies’s Gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez
- Three-time Professional Bowler and two-time First-Workforce All-Professional outdoors linebacker T.J. Watt
- Most profitable feminine tennis participant of the open period Martina Navratilova
- Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist and World Champion Softball Pitcher Jennie Finch
- Fourteen-time Nationwide Champion Cheer Coach Monica Aldama
- U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Discipline Hockey Workforce midfielder Amanda Magadan
- Three-time MVP, World Champion and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse league Paul Rabil
High highschool athletes, coaches and groups from choose state-sanctioned sports activities throughout the U.S. can be featured within the inaugural USA TODAY High School Sports Awards. Statewide Athlete of the 12 months winners can be among the many nationwide honorees.