Event Date & Time

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location

Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507
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About 2019 Best of Varsity Cup

Join Erie Times-News | GoErie.com as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 All-Area high school student athletes at the annual Best of Varsity Cup Awards. The awards banquet is Erie Times-News | GoErie.com 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 Logistics Plus, Highmark, and Allegheny Health Network, the event honors the top performers from ​45 high schools across 8 Counties in​ 24 ​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 Varsity Cup athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome Pro Football Hall of Fame legend and former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, as our featured special guest. Jim will be live in Erie for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his time 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 celebrity guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Varsity Cup athletes will receive a invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of Varsity Cup is presented by Erie Times-News | GoErie.com in partnership with Logistics Plus, Highmark, and Allegheny Health Network.Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.

Special Guest


NFL Hall of Fame Legend
Jim Kelly was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. However, the Miami Hurricane star chose instead to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League. The USFL folded following the 1985 season, and Kelly signed with the Bills before the start of the 1986 NFL season.

Kelly lived up to his previous history, as he virtually rewrote the Bills' record book for quarterbacks. Only three players in NFL history had reached the 30,000-yard career passing mark faster than Kelly. Eight times during his NFL career he passed for more than 3,000 yards in a season, and twenty-six times he passed for more than 300 yards in a game. On September 13, 1992, in a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Kelly passed for a career-high 403 yards.

The Bills, during the 1990s, with Kelly and teammates Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, had a highly skilled offense. In 11 seasons in Buffalo, Kelly led the Bills to the playoffs eight times. In 17 playoff game appearances, including four consecutive Super Bowls, he passed for 3,863 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the time of his retirement, his 84.4 passer rating ranked sixth all-time and was second when compared to Hall of Fame quarterbacks. His 35,467 career passing yards ranked tenth in NFL history; his 2,874 completions ranked eighth; and his 237 touchdowns ranked thirteenth.

Kelly and his wife, Jill, started Hunter's Hope Foundation with his wife in 1997 after their son was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, an inherited fatal nervous system disease. Nearly eight years later, Hunter lost his battle to the disease but today the foundation continues give hope through education, awareness and research for Leukodystrophies and Newborn Screening.

About Our Sponsors

Logistics Plus Inc. (LP) is a leading worldwide provider of transportation, warehousing, fulfillment, global logistics, business intelligence, technology, and supply chain solutions. Founded in Erie, PA over 22 years ago, today Logistics Plus has over 500 employees located around the world, including nearly 200 working from its global headquarters in Erie's historic Union Station. With a strong passion for excellence, its people put the "plus" in logistics by doing the big things properly, and the countless little things, that together ensure complete customer satisfaction and success.

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