Join the Herald-Tribune as we salute the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 all-star high school student athletes at the second annual Best of HT Preps Awards. This celebration honors the hundreds of outstanding prep athletes and coaches whose stories of performance, drive and passion have been shared in the Herald-Tribune.
Presented by the Herald-Tribune, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System and community partners Sarasota Ford and SCF (State College of Florida), the event honors the top performers from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in 21 sports. Awards will be presented to the Player of the Year in each sport as well as the Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year. Best of HT Preps athletes are invited to attend for free. A limited number of tickets are also available for athlete's to purchase for guests for dinner as well as bleacher tickets for other guests to watch the awards ceremony and Derrick Brooks' presentation.
Featured at the event will be Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles. Brooks led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2003 and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year that same season. Since retiring from play, Brooks works as an analyst for ESPN, is co-owner of the Arena Football League franchise Tampa Bay Storm and serves as an ambassador for children's charities that advocate the importance of education.
Student athletes will receive a written invitation for a free invitation through their school along with an opportunity to purchase two tickets. Seats are limited. Details will be included in student letters.
The event begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. for student athletes and their guests who have a purchased ticket.
General admission tickets, which allow seating during the awards ceremony, may also be purchased for $10 each. Seating for GA ticket holders begins at 6:45 p.m. and is first come, first serve. Deadline to purchase tickets is May 19 unless the event sells out prior.
With questions, please call 941-361-4557. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Debbi Reynolds at 941-361-4005.
Best of HT Preps is presented by the Herald-Tribune, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System and community partners Sarasota Ford and SCF (State College of Florida).
Best of HT Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the public.
$50.00 - This ticket type is available for HT Preps athletes and their guests only (limit 2). Dinner Ticket includes three-course meal, awards ceremony, and presentation by Derrick Brooks. Entry time is 5:45 p.m.
$10.00 - This ticket type is available for anyone. General Admission Ticket includes awards ceremony and presentation by Derrick Brooks (dinner not included). Entry time is 6:45 p.m.
Chicken with Cream Sauce**
Flourless Chocolate Torte
*menu subject to change
**vegetarian option available