Observer-Dispatch is changing its annual All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Awards show from a physical event originally scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020, to a star-studded awards show that will be available at no charge at 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 18, 2020. The show will feature more than 20 professional athletes as hosts and award announcers, and provide the community with an on-demand broadcast to maintain the annual tradition of honoring hundreds of student-athletes for their hard work and dedication in their sport during the past school year.
“Like many local high school athletes, coaches and parents, we were truly looking forward to this year’s All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Award Banquet,” Observer-Dispatch Sports Editor James McClendon said in a statement. “It was going to be a chance to honor the hard work and dedication put forward by so many all year long. Fortunately, the silver lining of having to alter this spectacular event because of the extremely dangerous COVID-19 pandemic is that it opens up the possibility to honor our high school athletes, coaches and teams on an even larger scale.”
The awards show will be available to watch on any smart device through YouTube and the event website, uticaod.com/mvallstars thanks to the continued support of area business leaders, like partners Carbone Athletics at the Fitness Mill, Lupini Construction, Chanatry’s Hometown Market and Mohawk Valley Community College.
The awards event will be hosted by television sports anchors Jesse Palmer and Sage Steele. Celebrity athletes will be participating in the awards presentation and include New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, as the football award presenter; Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams, as the tennis award presenter; Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, as the volleyball award presenter; and Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, as the cross country and track awards presenter with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
The show will feature opportunities to win autographed gifts and other prizes both before the debut and during the show. Students who register online by Sunday, May 10 on the event website will receive event updates and be included in any gift mailings.
Gannett owns and operates the largest high school athlete recognition program in the U.S. Viewers can find various locations, including the All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Awards show, at sportsawards.usatoday.com, as well as on the event website at uticaod.com/mvallstars.