Drew Brees, Super Bowl winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, will be the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, sponsored by St. Vincent. Brees will speak at the event and take part in presenting the athletes’ awards. The banquet will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The event will honor more than 300 high school athletes from across the state who have excelled in one of the nine sports. Keith Jackson, a native Arkansan and NFL star, and David Bazzel, former Arkansas Razorback and current radio co-host, will have important roles in the program at the banquet.
All Arkansas Preps celebrates high school athletes from across the state and their accomplishments in nine different sports. An editorial committee from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette picks first, second and sophomore male teams in football, basketball, baseball and soccer, and female teams in basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer. Male/female teams in golf, tennis and track are chosen through Overall and Meet of Champs statewide competition. The committee polls coaches and media members from across the state for team recommendations, taking into account individual statistics and team success from the previous season.
Student athletes that make up each sports teams (first, second and sophomore) will receive free admission to the event. More than a thousand people will attend, including student athletes, coaches, parents and sponsors. Brees will present the Outstanding Player Award in each sport (male and female) as well as the Overall Male Athlete, Overall Female Athlete and Coach of the Year.
Other awards will be given to honor special athletes that have made an impact on and off the field. St. Vincent will present an award to a student athlete who has overcome a health challenge to excel in one of the nine sports. The P.A.R.K Education Award will recognize one athlete who has made great achievements on the field and in the classroom. The Hussman Community Award will be presented to an athlete who has a great impact on their community. All those honored will be chosen by committee from entries submitted by high school coaches and the general public.
Tickets are not on sale to the public at this time. Businesses who are interested in supporting the event can call Tabitha Cunningham at 501-918-4539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.