WORCESTER — Six-time Super Bowl champion and Patriots coach Bill Belichick and three-time NBA champion and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry join the roster of guests featured in the Telegram & Gazette’s Best of Hometeam All-Stars Awards show on June 18.
Belichick will present the Coach and Team of the Year awards for the 2019-20 high school sports season. Curry will announce the top players in boys’ and girls’ basketball.
“We are thrilled to have two of the biggest names in all of sports join us for what’s going to be a very special broadcast,” Telegram & Gazette Executive Editor Dave Nordman said. “I’m so happy for the student-athletes, families, friends and sponsors who will have the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Belichick and Curry round out an award-winning list of personalities who have been leaders in their sport, including Super Bowl champion and MVP Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. Other professional athletes featured in the show include Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky, Gabby Douglas, Bode Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gary Woodland, Misty May-Treanor, Jordan Burroughs, Norm Duke, Rose Lavelle, Jessica Mendoza and Keli Smith Puzo. Sports broadcasters Jesse Palmer, Sage Steele, Dr. Jerry Punch and Courtney Cronin will host the awards show.
The show will premiere at 6 p.m. June 18 and is free to watch at Telegram.com/BestofHomeTeam.
Registration or payment is not required to watch the show, thanks to sponsors DCU-Digital Federal Credit Union, Fidelity Bank, Big Y and Wachusett Mountain.
Not all state-sanctioned sports will be included in the Players of the Year awards due to spring sports cancellations by the COVID pandemic. Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video included in the broadcast.
The public can also show support of seniors who missed their final games and celebrations by joining in the national movement with support messages on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag DontStopNow. One person nationally using this #DontStopNow will win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for the charity of their choice. See details on the event website the night of the show for additional information.
The Telegram & Gazette will also participate in a national effort to raise funds locally for those impacted most by the COVID pandemic. Donate on Telegram.com/BestofHomeTeam to the “Team Telegram COVID Relief.” This national effort will support the United Way, The American Red Cross and Feeding America. The community that raises the most funds by June 20 will receive a matching donation from the USA Today Network, up to $10,000, for those local charities.
Gannett owns and operates the largest high school athlete recognition program in the U.S.
Viewers can find various locations, including the Best of Hometeam All-Stars Awards show, at sportsawards.usatoday.com, as well as on the event website at Telegram.com/BestofHomeTeam.
Belichick is considered by many as the greatest professional football coach of all time. He has 11 more playoff wins than any other NFL coach and is third behind only George Halas and Don Shula in regular-season victories. He has led the Patriots for 20 years and in that time has won six of the team’s nine Super Bowl appearances.
Curry, 32, is known as one of the best shooters in NBA history, and has been credited with revolutionizing the game as teams and athletes have adopted and adapted to his success behind the 3-point arc. Curry grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played college basketball for Davidson, where he was a star and broke records starting in his freshman year.
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