From the short-term to the long-term, we want to recognize the achievements of high school athletes in Northern Colorado.
Last week we announced the Northern Colorado Sports Awards program coming in May with guest speaker Peyton Manning.
The Coloradoan will name all-region teams for every sport, featuring athletes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and more, from a total of 24 high schools. I will pick the teams at the end of each season, based on athletes’ long-term efforts, and they will get free invites to hear Peyton Manning speak.
That’s the big picture view.
Now for the short-term view. We’re happy to start a male and female athlete of the week award, and every varsity athlete in Northern Colorado is eligible.
Nominations can be submitted at Coloradoan.com/athleteofweek.
Athletes of the week are selected based on their varsity performance each week, Monday through Saturday. So the first selections (congratulations to Liberty Common’s Rob Knab and Fort Collins’ Autumn Anderson) are for accomplishments completed last week: Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. The next round runs for contests Oct. 5-10.
At noon each Monday, submissions for athlete of the week will be cut off and I’ll pick a winner. The selections will be named online Monday afternoon and in print Tuesday.
What do athlete of the week winners receive? First, they’ll be honored online and in print.
A surprise will also come to their school as a reward. As the year progresses, we’ll have a running photo gallery of the winners. The athlete of the week honor does not include a free invitation to hear Manning speak, but it is a way to let us know about an athlete who could be considered for an all-region team.
So what do you need to do to nominate an athlete of the week? Go to Coloradoan.com/athleteofweek. There’s a simple form, where you’ll list the nominee’s name, school and year.
Then give us a quick 150 words on what the athlete achieved during that week to deserve the honor. Use stats, and make your nominee stand out. And remember, it isn’t meant to be a career or season-long award.
Also, attach a photo.I don’t mean to be a stickler, but no photo means the submission is void. We want to be able to show who this athlete is, and unlike Twitter, we can’t replace a face with an egg.
So if your son/daughter/neighbor/best friend/student has a great week, send in a nomination. It’s going to be a great way for athletes from all sports all across the region to show off their work.
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