Event Date & Time

Friday, June 15, 2018

Event Location

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

Join The Times-Reporter as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 All-Star high school student athletes at the second annual Best of Tusc Preps Awards. The Best of Tusc Preps awards banquet is the Times Reporters 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 DoverPhila Credit Union and East Ohio Orthopaedics, the event honors the top performers in 21 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. Best of Tusc 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. Tusc Preps athletes receive a invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of Tusc Preps is presented by The Times-Reporter in partnership with DoverPhila Credit Union and East Ohio Orthopaedics. Supported by our Best of Tusc Preps table sponsors, Peterman Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Ember Complete Care, Simpson Heating and Cooling, Trinity Hospital Twin City and Williams Furniture. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.

Event Supporters
Ember Complete Care
Peterman Plumbing and Heating
Rea & Associates
Simpson Heating and Cooling
Trinity Hospital Twin City
Williams Furniture

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.