Event Date & Time

Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location

Canton Civic Center
1101 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44702
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About 2019 Best of Stark Preps

Join The Canton Repository as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 All-Star high school student athletes at the annual Best of Stark Preps Awards. The Best of Stark Preps awards banquet is the Repository's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions. Sponsored by Aultman, Huntington Bank, Kent State Stark University, Jerzees, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the event honors the top performers in 15 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Best of Stark Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL, Jerome Bettis, as our featured special guest. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will be live at the 2019 Best of Stark Preps for a question and answer session about his career and lessons he has learned during his years in the NFL.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by a special guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Seating is limited and event is likely to sell out. Best of Stark Preps athletes will receive a invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of Stark Preps is presented by The Canton Repository in partnership with Aultman, Huntington Bank, Kent State Stark University, Jerzees, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.

Special Guest

Jerome "The Bus" Bettis

Football Hall of Fame Inductee
The former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back is one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL (6th overall in rushing). Jerome Bettis was also the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2001 and had a Hall of Fame career and has been eligible since 2011.

2006 Super Bowl XL champion Jerome Bettis, one of the National Football League's most popular retired players, the sixth best rusher of all-time and a six-time Pro Bowl selection, Currently Jerome serves as a Studio analyst for ESPN on all their main shows Sports Center, Number Never Lie, and NFL Live. He is also one of the most sought after corporate spokesmen for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in this country.

"The Bus" finished his NFL career in January 2006 after 13 seasons, retiring immediately following the Pittsburgh Steelers' 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit.

Bettis ranks Sixth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards and is one of six players in NFL history to rush for 13,000 yards. He is one of only eight players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards for eight or more seasons. He ranks third in NFL history with 3,369 rushing attempts. Bettis was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, including his rookie season.

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Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Table Sponsors
SARTA, Employers Health, Malone University, Stark Community Foundation, Synchrony Financial, Canton Chamber, Green Lines Transportation, Golden Eagle Athletic Association, United Way, Medical Mutual, Canton Chair Rental, Canton Charge, Omni Orthopaedics, Standard Plumbing, Arts in Stark, YMCA, Stark State College, Gionino's , Mercy Medical Center, Nothing Bundt Cakes.