Event Date & Time

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Event Location

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

Join The Canton Repository as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 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 Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly, as our featured special guest. Kelly will be live in Canton for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career.

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 Jim Kelly. 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


Hall of Fame Quarterback
Jim Kelly played 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback, all of them with the Buffalo Bills. He led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the early '90s, and he ended his career with 237 passing touchdowns and more than 35,000 yards. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

In 2013, Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw. Doctors surgically removed the cancer, but it recurred the following year. Following rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, doctors declared Kelly cancer-free in August 2014.

In his speech, he shares his life story of overcoming obstacles including his insights teamwork, leadership, having a special needs child and battling cancer.